Screening at scale
Video is another medium used to reinvent hiring practices. At KPMG, graduates who have successfully passed their online assessments are sent a link to a video tool and asked to record their answers to a few pre-set questions.
With more than 10,000 graduates applying for each intake, this gives KPMG the opportunity to assess critical communication skills at scale. The videos are easily shareable, enabling greater collaboration between hiring managers. This pre-screening also means fewer candidates are called in for interviews, making the hiring process more time-efficient for recruiters.
It’s also more convenient from the candidate’s perspective. They can complete the process from home, at a time that suits them, with a tool they’re already comfortable with. This can make the experience less confrontational and saves applicants from the pain of successive interview rounds.
TRY BEFORE YOU BUY
A big failing of traditional interviews is that they don’t test on-the-job skills. That’s where job tryouts come in. These give candidates a challenge to tackle, and are popular in industries like finance and tech where problem-solving is key.
Investment firm Citadel is one of a growing number using day-long auditions to screen multiple applicants simultaneously. Working in teams, candidates compete for cash by solving real problems with data. Meanwhile, recruiters assess their technical prowess, as well as soft skills like collaboration and critical thinking.
The excitement generated by these events also provides an opportunity to engage with talent on a more practical and personal level, and forge potentially fruitful connections for the future.
Other employers have introduced longer work auditions into the final stages of their recruitment process. After the usual round of face-to-face interviews, web hosting company Weebly offers choice applicants a paid trial week. This has helped unearth candidates who aren’t necessarily good at interviewing, but do great work. At the same time, candidates get a real sense of the day-to-day job.