HR Leaders: How to Choose the Right Online Recruiting Technology

Submitted by: PGi Blogger

Online recruiting is the new “it” Human Resources trend. HR departments and staffing firms are constantly looking to reduce the time-to-fill, cut costs and get more done with less. Recruiters are finding the answer with online meetings technology and web-based video conferencing software. But how do you know which solution is right for your recruiting practice? Here are some tips to choose the right online recruiting technology.

  • How easy is it to log-in to the meeting technology? If you have to download anything, set up a complicated password or dial strange 800 numbers, look to the next offering. Complicated downloads, passcodes and other online meeting nonsense are part of the reason why 50% of online meetings start late, according to Wainhouse Research, so avoid it if you can.
  • Can I turn on video? Can I use a webcam? Can I simply click and the webcam comes on? If your answer is “no” to any of these questions, move on. The power of video recruiting lies in seeing non-verbal communication cues and how people present themselves “face to face.” And without video, the effort is pretty much pointless.
  • Can I pull up the candidate’s resume and references in the meeting? Being able to review a candidate’s qualifications during the interview or show resumes to hiring managers are huge benefits for getting everyone on the same page at the same time. Choose an online recruiting technology that enables file storage and sharing right in the meeting.
  • Can I have more than two people in the meeting — and on webcam at the same time? If you can’t, think about the next tech option. By extending your recruitment practices to adding the hiring manager into interviews online vs. in-person, you can really cut down the time-to-hire and fill costs.
  • Can I leverage LinkedIn inside the online meeting? This isn’t a deal breaker, but it is definitely an added bonus. With 98% of recruiters using LinkedIn, 42% using Twitter and 33% using Facebook, social integration is definitely a plus for recruiting tech.

What must-have, nice-to-have and don’t-need tech do you have for your online recruiting practice? Share them with your fellow recruiters here on the Learning Space!