Phone Screening is Dead

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The way that a hiring manager chooses to recruit and screen their candidates plays a major role in the overall success of the company. As you build out your team, you’ll have to hire more and more people, which can put a huge burden on hiring managers to spend time reviewing resumes and calling candidates.

While phone screening has historically helped to weed out some unqualified individuals from the hiring process, it still sucks up far too much time. A hiring manager is simply too valuable of an employee to waste hours talking to candidates who aren’t a good fit and shouldn’t even make it onto the next step of the process.

Thankfully, with new technology and processes, time no longer will be wasted on low level phone calls. By advancing every candidate through a powerful, automated hiring process, only the most promising candidates continue on and make it to a hiring manager. Here’s why phone screening no longer has to be the logical first step in hiring, and should, in fact, be declared officially dead.


Phone Screening and Its Downfalls

It’s a fact: 52% of employers struggle to fill positions because candidates aren’t qualified for the role. Unfortunately, phone screens don’t improve the candidate pool applying for roles at your company. Instead, using a phone screen to initiate the hiring process just causes your business to waste valuable time. Recruiters spend a horrifying 78,352 minutes on the phone each year attempting to weed their way through all of the unqualified candidates.

Even after wasting all that time on the phone, screening candidates this way just isn’t an effective method of hiring. Most phone screens simply ask the candidate to walk the hiring manager through their work history in a coherent way, which is a fairly low bar to set. As long as a candidate has the right experience and can talk professionally, they usually make it to the next level. A phone conversation will not ensure that the candidates are qualified to execute the position you are offering, and really tells you very little about the person’s ability to do the job effectively.


Automated Hiring Is On The Rise

Automated hiring helps save time and improve results by providing hiring managers with an automated process that tests each candidate’s skills according to the job that they are applying for. With this new way of hiring, hiring managers do not even have to meet or have a conversation with initial candidates in order to determine whether or not they would do well in the position. Instead, all of that work is done for them through this automated hiring software.

The recruiting process begins the same way it usually would, by posting the job opening and making sure the word gets out in all of the appropriate places. After that, the process is a little different:


  • Candidates are sent an invitation to do an online interview, to answer questions that will evaluate their skills through a quiz or video Q&A
  • Software then sorts the candidates by their scores and allow the top qualifiers to move onto the next step
  • Employers are passed this information so they can take over the hiring process and interview each person in order to determine which individual has the most desirable qualities

Changing your organization’s hiring process may seem a little intimidating at first, but the transition can be a smooth and simple one. Automated hiring only promises efficiency and an easier way to get quality results. Once a company has made the switch:

  • Jobs will be filled quicker
  • There will be no room for bias, as the process simply judges candidates based on their skills
  • Candidates that move along to final interviews are more qualified


Stop Wasting Time on the Phone

Instead of relying on useless phone screens to identify the best candidates, automated hiring can do it all for you. Optimize your hiring process and create a more consistent and efficient hiring process than ever before. In addition, you’ll provide a better experience for applicants to the role, by responding to them more quickly.

Sometimes a little change is necessary in order to fine-tune your company’s recruitment practices. Keep your business ahead of the curve and ahead of the competition by dropping the only process of the phone screen and getting a quicker, more effective hiring process in place.

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