Hybrid Hiring: Video Interviewing Best Practices for 2020 and Beyond

December 21, 2021

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to disrupt many aspects of our lives, being able to adapt and embrace new ways of doing things is more important than ever.

Take the interview process, for example. With many recruiters continuing to work remotely, while hiring managers may be back in the office, companies will need to adopt a hybrid approach to ensure their candidates are screened and assessed in an effective manner. Video interviewing can certainly help, but not all platforms are created equally. Consider the following best practices to optimize your hiring outcomes – and how Wedge can help by blending seamlessly into your recruiting process.

Make it easy for candidates

We all know that an overly complicated video interview process can turn candidates away – especially if they have to download apps, make software updates or follow too many steps. Wedge lives in the browser, making it simple and straightforward for candidates to share their skills and strengths. Since they can record the interview on their time, rather than having to work around your schedule, it gives them greater convenience.

Make it easy for you

Without the added stress of interview scheduling or time-consuming phone screens, you can review the interviews according to your schedule, too. Meanwhile, Wedge's automated filtering technology makes it easy to identify the best talent while saving significant time each week. Along with seamless integration into your ATS, you can dramatically reduce your time to hire; see how one company cut their recruiting time nearly in half from 60 days to just 32!

Ask the right questions

To ensure you get the information you need, you'll have to ask candidates the right questions. These should include questions that seek to find out how a candidate thinks and works through problems, questions that will reveal if they have the attributes needed for the role and even asking what they expect to do if hired to make sure they understand the job and the company.

Conduct candidate surveys

As a hybrid approach to hiring may be new terrain for many companies, it's important to ask candidates what they think of the process afterward. Candidate surveys allow you to understand not just what works in your process, but also reveal any flaws or things you can do differently. After all, the candidate experience you provide can determine whether a candidate completes the interview process or even accepts the offer, so it's important to improve continually.

By following these tips, you can ensure an effective remote screening process to help inform hiring managers. Whether the top candidates then go into the office for the next steps or continue the process remotely, you can be confident that the right talent will be put forward. No matter what the present or future holds, video interviews can help overcome the pandemic's hiring challenges while ensuring a seamless way to find the talent you need.