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Remote interviewing strategies for the modern workforce

Gone are the days of stuffy cubicle walls and long commutes. The ability for employees to work remotely was once considered a perk—right up there with free food, ping pong tables, and unlimited vacation—offered only by the hippest tech companies in a bid to attract top talent.

But with 74 percent of organizations planning to make remote work permanent¹, remote working is no longer the exception—it’s the expectation.

The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated the future of work and has changed many aspects of everyday life, including how and where we work. Work is no longer a place we go, but a thing we do. Even for organizations that plan to return—or have already returned—to in-office operations, the pandemic has permanently altered candidate expectations for the interview process. Unfortunately, many organizations’ recruiting and talent acquisition processes are still catching up to this new reality.

The need for HR leaders to develop effective modern interviewing strategies has never been more obvious or urgent. To hire the best talent—and ensure you’re putting the right people in the right roles—the same old approach to recruiting just won’t cut it.

In this guide, you’ll discover how the remote workforce has changed the hiring process, tips for creating a positive remote candidate experience, and how to implement a video interviewing strategy that enables your organization to hire smarter, faster, and safer.

Chapter 1: The changing state of talent acquisition

Seemingly overnight, COVID-19 changed the remote work landscape and the face of recruiting forever. Social distancing measures and stay-at-home orders intended to combat the spread of the virus led employees to begin teleworking and accelerated the transition to remote interviewing.

With recruiters, hiring managers, and interview panel members working remotely, hiring teams have had to assess, evaluate, and collaborate on hiring decisions without ever meeting candidates face to face. The need for remote hiring team collaboration has exploded and become a critical component of aligning stakeholders on hiring decisions.

To power remote recruiting, video interviewing has become a mainstay of the talent acquisition process. And for many candidates, that’s a good thing. For one, candidates prefer video interviews. One survey showed that nearly 25 percent more job seekers prefer live video interviews to in-person interviews.² And it’s easy to see why: Candidates don’t have to carve out hours in their day, take time off from their current job, or make a lengthy commute just for a short 45-minute interview.

When done right, companies also stand to benefit from the transition to remote interviewing. In fact, 47 percent of organizations report that video interviewing has already shortened their time to hire.³ By delivering a better candidate experience and faster hiring process, video interviews also give employers a greater chance of securing top talent before the competition.