Face to face interviews are always an integral part of important hiring decisions. Although recent research has questioned the added value of unstructured interviews, it would be hard to find an organization that feels comfortable making decisions without this step.
Traditionally, face-to-face interviews are used to learn more about the values, competencies, and personality of the candidate. In-person interviews make it easy to have a flowing conversation where interviewers can ask additional questions, dig deeper into topics that seem relevant, and notice subtle cues in the behavior of the candidate. It is a common belief that people get 80% of the information through non-verbal communication (although some recent studies have debunked that).
Remote interviews using phone and video conference systems, have several advantages over face-to-face interviews: candidates are less prone to anxiety since they are in a comfortable, familiar setting. Their conversation will be more natural and free-flowing, allowing the stakeholder to learn more about them. Remote interviews also have no geographical restrictions which allows for greater flexibility in scheduling.
However, evaluating the deep-level characteristics of candidates using video interviewing requires a more structured approach than in-person interviews. This is where Teamscope plays an important role, now more than ever.
HIEC clients have relied on Teamscope – an innovative team-based talent analytics platform – to support their critical hiring decisions. With Teamscope, our consultants help the stakeholders involved in the process to get a detailed understanding of the values, competencies, and behaviors of the current leadership team and to evaluate candidates in a more objective, data-driven manner. The platform, which has been an integral part of our process for close to two years, is now also used to support clients that need to make critical hiring decisions while working remotely.
Here’s how Teamscope works:
By using this approach, HIEC clients can now have a further tool to establish the right hire, even when in-person interviews are not possible.
To support our clients in this critical moment, HIEC is offering Teamscope as part of all their search assignments. To learn more about the platform and the process, please contact your local HIEC Consultant or Sandra Gaisch (firstname.lastname@example.org).