Three Little Things That Turn Your HR Interview from Home into a Nightmare

The devil is in the details. When we’re so obsessed with the big picture without looking into the little things, there’s a good chance that we could be messing it all. It’s like the bolts and nuts in your car. If you failed to secure one, everything could come tumbling down. And that holds true when you’re on the prowl for new blood to add to your organization, interviewing candidates from home.

If you’re not very keen on the small details, know that being conscientious does have its merits. For one, Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and the biggest centibillionaire today, has always espoused that “big things start small” way of thinking. So as you work your way up and recruit from home, keeping the little things in mind should be wise. Not being able to do so can be downright disastrous. Fret not, however. Here are three little devils to confront to get your recruiting started in the right direction:

1. Not minding the tech

We all have our bad days and good days. That’s a given. But if you don’t want to make your interview go south quickly, you’d better check on your technology first before it can cause a problem. Not only will you put yourself in a ‘heart attack’ situation if you don’t, but you will also lose the very purpose of the interview, which is to land a bright prospect.

To add injury to insult, you will leave a bad impression on the jobseeker, putting your brand in a rather precarious position. Once word is out, you could be losing more prospects than you should. You might even lose all of them just because you’ve assumed that your tech is working fine.

A little preparation should save the day. Give your PC or laptop a thorough checkup days before the actual time of the interview. This means that you should go over your online communications device like it’s the palm of your hand. Why do it days before? That’s to allow you room for repairs and adjustments.

Check also the online tool you’re about to use. Take a test call and see if your image pops up when your camera is turned on.

Know that you can also use Skype for an interview. It’s free, and the functionalities are also amazing. The same is true for Google Meet, a premium service for G Suite clients that’s now all free.

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2. Not scheduling the interview right

You can make all the excuses. And we get it. HR professionals and businessmen are some of the busiest people in the world. You might even think you’ve been assigned an unenviable burden. It’s true. Advertising job openings while vetting your new hires at the same time can be a daunting task.

But not being able to get your hiring schedules straightened out could be catastrophic. It could mean throwing away precious company dollars because of untimely turnovers. New research showed that nearly 46% of the 20,000 newly hired from different companies were out of their positions a year after being hired.

That can only mean that hiring the right candidate is essential. Losing one interview to poor scheduling can mean losing a potentially strong candidate

A good tool worth looking into to sharpen your recruitment process is interview scheduling software. That way, you get rid of logistical headaches while achieving better ROI with your new-found talent. In short, you get what you want without spending so much.

3. Not having backup Internet

There’s no going about it. If you want to ensure that good things will come out of your scheduled interview, you must have backup Internet. It’s the most reliable method to guard yourself against the dangers of slow connections or, worse, the internet coming to a full stop altogether.

To do that, you can explore a cable modem or a T1 connection if your primary connection is fiber. But if you don’t want to spend so much while working from home, you can use an LTE backup data plan that you can use from your smartphone. The worst-case scenario is that you lose connection in the middle of an interview and, in the process lose, the applicant.

Recruiting from home doesn’t mean that your efficiency should suffer. A little foresight can go a long way to get you the talent you need while also boosting your brand in ways you can imagine.

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