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How Phone Screens Can Boost Your Hiring Efforts

October 17th, 2017

When it comes time to hire new candidates, the interview is one of the most critical aspects of the process. However, it’s also one of the most expensive and time-consuming. That’s why, if you don’t already conduct phone screens as part of hiring at your company, you should consider adding them now. Here are a few ways you can benefit:

Save money.

As one of the leading staffing services firms in Spokane, Washington, Provisional knows that interviews are costly – especially if you are recruiting candidates from out of state. But when you conduct phone screens first, you can actually interview more candidates in less time, all without having to pay for air fare and lodging. Phone screens also allow you to eliminate candidates that sounded like a fit on paper, but who fall short of your needs and expectations once you speak with them.

Save time.

With an in-person interview, you might spend a full hour or more with each candidate. But phone screens are just that – quick screens that enable you to get a better sense of whether you should call in the candidate for an interview. You can conduct several of them in the time it takes to prepare for and conduct just one traditional face-to-face interview. This allows you to cover more ground and find those candidates faster who are a good fit for your needs.

Move the process faster.

Interviews can be tricky to schedule with candidates, especially those already employed. They’ll need to find time in their schedule to fit the interview, and often have to take a morning or afternoon off from work. It can therefore take a while to get candidates properly scheduled for face-to-face interviews.

But phone screens can be conducted anytime, even during evenings and on weekends. As a result, you can move the hiring process along faster, while offering candidates the opportunity to assess whether the position is a good fit for them – without having to take time off from their existing jobs.

Provides more objectivity.

When you can’t see the candidate for yourself – what they look like, their clothing and facial expressions – it will give you the chance to simply assess their answers and how they’re delivered. This can provide for a more objective way to evaluate them.

According to the Society of Human Resource Management, only about 41% of organizations conduct phone screens for executive positions, while only 55% do so for hourly positions. Don’t be one of them. When you have structured and effective phone screens as part of your hiring process, you can benefit in a variety of valuable ways.

If you’d like more help with your hiring process – or you’re ready to outsource it to experts – please contact Provisional. As one of the leading staffing services firms in Spokane, Washington, we provide customized staffing solutions to our clients all over the Northwest. Just give us a call today to learn more about how we can help you.

The Lowdown on Different Types of Job Interviews…And How to Nail Each One

November 17th, 2015

As one of the top employment agencies in Spokane, WA, Provisional knows that no candidate looks forward to an interview. Oftentimes, they can feel more like an interrogation. This is especially true of you go to an interview expecting a one-on-one and wind up in front of a panel. To help you avoid this situation and feel prepared and confident, here’s a look at different types of interview situations and how to deal with each one:

#1. Phone Screens

Phone screens give hiring managers a chance to learn more about you without having to invest a lot of time. To prepare for one, make sure you:

  • Have access to a quiet room where you won’t be disturbed.
  • Prepare ahead of time, just as you would with a regular interview. For instance, research the company and create a list of questions about the position.
  • Be ready to sell yourself and why you’re a good fit for the job.
  • Keep your resume and notes by your side regarding points you want to get across, so you can reference them as needed.

#2. Job Fairs

A job fair interview is another situation in which you’ll face an employer and have the opportunity to win a full-on interview in their office…if you make a positive impression. When you go to a job fair, make sure you:

  • Find out which companies are attending and make a list of those you’re most interested in.
  • Bring plenty of copies of your resume and business card.
  • Practice a short 30-second sound byte about who you are and what you do so you can easily answer the “Tell me about yourself question” that is bound to come your way.
  • Dress professionally. Job fairs aren’t casual affairs; remember, it will be the first time your next potential employer interacts with you. So you want to make the best impression possible.

#3. Panels

The panel interview is the most feared. And for good reason. It’s much harder to engage with a group of interviewers than just one. To help you keep your nerves in check, make sure to:

  • Find out who will be interviewing you ahead of time and look them up online.
  • Focus on each person during the interview, don’t just focus on those you feel most connected to. That means making eye contact with everyone and addressing each person individually at some point.
  • Send a follow up thank you note to each interviewer afterward. Be sure to write something unique in each note in case they compare notes.

#4. Follow ups.

Depending on the position you’re interviewing for, you may have to go back for several follow up interviews. Employers use second and third round interviews to ensure they don’t make a hiring mistake. To help you stay motivated throughout the process, be sure to:

  • Think about why you want a job. List the best aspects of the opportunity and why you’d want to work there.
  • Find out from the employer when they plan to make a hiring decision. Once you have a sense of the end date, it will be easier and less nerve-wracking to stick out the process.

Need more help nailing your next interview? Give Provisional a call. As one of the top employment agencies in Spokane, WA, we can help you craft a great resume and polish your interviewing skills so you land the job you want! Contact us today if you’re ready to learn more.