Have you carried out a Skype interview yet???
…It will only be a matter of time.
Confidence is continuing to return to the construction industry and employers are having to adapt in order to achieve recruitment goals. Those that adapt successfully are those who appreciate that the traditional recruitment strategies and processes are no longer the only means of recruiting the right people for your business…and to get to the right people first, you should use all methods of communication!
An increasingly used interview method is Skype, it is a live call where you can see each other in live time. As the demand for staff increases and the skill shortage in the UK becomes more and more visible, Skype is a great way of reaching out to new talent and is the next best thing to be sitting in a room with someone!
We have helped clients conduct Skype interviews and found that those who have embraced this method succeed in filling their recruitment needs quickly. Recently we have helped a client find the right candidate by setting up a Skype interview with a candidate who was returning from New Zealand saving valuable time.
I am based in Spain sourcing candidates for the Scottish construction industry and Skype is something I now use everyday. I have experienced companies being wary of recruiting from abroad because they can’t interview the candidate in person… “I can’t look them in the eye”… well on Skype you can do just that!
If Scotland is lacking in candidates but Spain has plenty, then Skype is the perfect solution to conduct an initial assessment. Exploring this interview method rather than avoiding considering people from Europe at all or sticking to carrying out the interview over a telephone call is a more efficient way for both parties as you can see how the person presents themselves, how well they communicate and generally get more of an understanding of who you are potentially employing.
Clients can use my expertise to conduct interviews over Skype or indeed on other methods of video interviewing, technology is improving all the time and I can advise of all the options! You can read more on my role on our website or my LinkedIn page
To get you started here are some tips I have put together from my experience of Skype interviews:
Tips for Skype Interviews: