Last week, the IT recruiters of AVID Technical Resources provided prospective candidates with helpful information regarding Skype interviews. This week, the spotlight is on the hiring managers. If IT staffing companies are looking for innovative ways to interview and screen candidates, the Skype interview may be the right choice!
The Skype interview is perfect for saving companies money, while also expanding their candidate search. The webcam-based interview allows hiring managers to interview candidates who are from outside the area without the burden of travel and lodging accommodations. The cost of the equipment may pay for itself in just one screening.
Often hiring managers and technical recruiting companies will know within the first five minutes if IT consultants will be a fit for their IT job opportunities. Rather than flying in a candidate, taking them out to lunch, and conducting three round interviews, a team can sit in together or take turns interviewing the IT contractor. A whole day ordeal can be drastically reduced to an hour, leaving plenty of time for other projects and interviewing more candidates.
IT staffing firms may use Skype interviews rather than phone interviews to read a candidate’s body language and see how comfortable they feel around information technology. Also, the webcam provides technical recruiters the opportunity to witness how a consultant responds to questions social cicumstances. Check for indicators that the applicant is professional by his attire, behavior, as well as the setting and background he chooses to conduct his interview.
Record for Review
The video conference allows hiring managers of IT recruiting firms to review the interview and take note of subtle details. They can also use the replays to compare candidates’ answers and responses to questions. If a hiring manager was absent from the meeting, he can view the interview as well for feedback.
While the typical phone and in-person interview will not be disappearing any time soon, the Skype interview may become a more viable option for money and time-conscious IT recruiting companies.
AVID Technical Resources
AVID (Applications, Voice, Internet, Data) Technical Resources is a leading Information Technology recruiting company. Specializing in placing contract and permanent personnel in both Infrastructure Support and Applications Development positions, AVID has a national presence supporting clients ranging from small businesses to Fortune 100 companies. Headquartered in Boston, MA, AVID has achieved tremendous growth since the firm's inception in 2003. This has triggered numerous national awards and recognition, such as being named to Inc. 500 Magazine's list of 5,000 Fastest Growing Privately-held Companies in the US in 2010, 2011 and 2013. Additionally, the firm boasts of having more than 100 five-star reviews on Google from clients and candidates who rave about their experience and interaction with the firm's recruiters.