The right tools make finding the perfect candidate easier and less stressful. Here are a few free ones you might not be using yet.
If you’re still assessing potential candidates with the traditional interview process, you might not be doing enough. These days, many free tools are at your disposal to help you find the best fit for the position.
Forget resorting to asking those age-old, boring interview questions and start digging into exactly who people are and what they can deliver with these three free interviewing tools:
SurveyMonkey is a relatively new tool interviewers use to assess candidates with material relevant to the interview. With SurveyMonkey, you can test your candidates on pertinent subjects, or you can provide the entire interview process via survey.
SurveyMonkey comes packed with features to help you comb through candidates, including charts and graphs for easy analysis (complete with file export options), 15 different question types, easy response collection and more.
The free version of SurveyMonkey promises a free 10-question survey with 100 allowed responses per survey. This is perfect for an employer that wants to assess candidates on specific subjects. Paid subscriptions allow unlimited questions with unlimited responses, among other features.
2. Google+ Hangouts
No interviewer should conduct an interview without considering Google+ Hangouts for the job. Google+ Hangouts is free and is also viable for professional employment interviews. Google+ Hangouts makes it easy to connect to your candidate, no matter where they are, and assess them as you would in person.
The group conversations feature allows you to interview several candidates at once. It’s similar to a real-life group interview and eliminates the need for multiple video conversations with each of the candidates.
You can even address your interview candidates at set times using On Air for live streaming. If candidates happened to miss your announcement, you can save the recording and share it with the absent users.
Google+ Hangouts is available for most smartphones and devices, so you can log on from practically anywhere to connect with your prospective employees. If your candidate lives far away, Google+ Hangouts is also perfect for getting an idea of how professional they are in person.
Lastly, you should use TypingTest.com, especially if you’re planning on hiring for an IT or customer service job. TypingTest.com is a basic tool that offers options for testing candidates’ typing abilities. The free version has a quick download with a typing test and a printable diploma. After a candidate has used the software, instruct them to scan their diploma and email it as an attachment.
A paid version comes with more options for employers. You can design your own typing test candidates can take via a Web browser.
At any time, you can log in to your account and grab detailed reports and results about applicants. Subscription times are limited, meaning you won’t get charged for more time than you really need. If you want to extend your subscription, you can edit your account details and specify that you’d like an extension.
You should never go without tools that can make your interviewing job easier. (Click here to Tweet this thought.) Whether you use one of these tools or combine all three, you’ll find that your stress load will decrease, and you’ll have an easier time finding the best fit for your position.
Annabelle Smyth is from BambooHR, a Web-based, easy-to-use HR system for small to large companies. Track applicants, record PTO usage and store employee data with one simple system and zero spreadsheets. Take their HR software tour today to see how it works.