When I read this post about a woman who recently applied to, interviewed for and landed a job in less than a week; I was amazed (job on east coast and she lived on the west coast!)
Here’s her story…
“So, on a fluke, I emailed them my resume. By the next afternoon, I had already done a Skype™ interview with HR and they assigned me a project so they could see my work. I emailed my project, they loved it and offered me a job. I was on an airplane that Sunday and started work on Monday!” What’s on Karen’s Plate
Let’s examine this. She…
1) Wasn’t even looking for a job., she ‘stumbled’ across this posting and decided it was her dream job
2) Sent a resume and someone actually looked at it (wow)
3) Interviewed via Skype™ (candidate and hiring manager actually saw each other, felt the mutual energy, etc.)
4) Completed an assignment (wow again). (So this means that the company actually knew enough about the job to have an assignment that an interviewee could complete and then they made it easy for her to submit it.)
5) Evaluated the organization – I wonder what they did to help her understand their culture? (Made interviewing completely painless!)
Of course all interviews can’t happen like this but imagine streamlining the process to even vaguely resemble something like this. What if you Skype interviewed several candidates? If they don’t know how to use Skype — do you want to hire them? and… can you use Skype?
As a hiring manager, do you have an ‘assignment’ for your short list of candidates?
As someone how waited months for a job to — ‘get approved’, ‘open up’, have a new ‘description/classification written’, etc., this whole thing blows me away. In a good way!
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