One of the biggest costs in hiring new employees is the amount of time dedicated to combing through resumes and conducting interviews. This is especially true for small businesses that don't have enough manpower to pick up the slack.
What if there were an easier, more cost-effective way of orchestrating the hiring process? If your business is tech-savvy, this solution may actually exist.
Hiring new employees is a multi-step process that begins with resumes, then moves on to phone interviews, and eventually to in-person interviews that may cost you a pretty penny if a candidate does not live near by.
These costs necessitate that you pick the right candidates and early. This is where the internet comes in.
There's a host of services out there that allow you to send out pre-interview questionnaires. One of these is ZuZuHire.
ZuZuHire actually allows you to create a multi-faceted questionnaire that requires video, oral and written responses of candidates. You can hear and see how an applicant carries himself, as well as get a little bit more insight into the person's personality and motivations.
There are also other services, such as Hello There, which allows people to set up a simple website with a video clip. Or a candidate could just use YouTube or a simple survey site, like SurveyMonkey.
Employing these pre-screening devices is not only low-cost, but would allow you to skip out on a chunk of phone interviews. It might also prevent you from being blindsided once a candidate shows up at your office. That alone may be worth a try.