People who know me know I love ridiculous analogies about recruitment, so please indulge me.
When I try to explain the recruitment process to new recruiters I use a variety of analogies like the following to try to create context for them. Often times a good analogy (not that I'm about to present one of those) can help to shift our perspective in a meaningful way and give us a broader understanding of the topic at hand. If they are bizarre enough, they can also be memorable.
Now then, how is recruitment like, I don’t know….maybe a hamburger and not a box of chocolates? Think about how you make a hamburger. There is a definite sequence of inputs that have to come in a particular order. Sure you have some options with some of the elements; you can put your mustard on the bun or directly on the meat. But, compared to a box of chocolates, you will benefit from having a stable, sequential process to creating the perfect hamburger. You wouldn’t try to cook the patty after you put it on the bun (timing is everything right?) You can probably put chocolates in a box in any order. Don’t get me wrong, I haven’t met a box of chocolates I don’t like, but understanding the importance of sequence in our overall product is important.
Likewise with recruitment. There are distinct steps in the recruitment process that more or less have to occur sequentially, and mashing them together is probably not going to result in favorable results.
So, who cares and why should this be important to recruiters? The best recruiters I have encountered have always approached recruiting with a project management model in mind. This means breaking the process into its component parts and then managing it one input at a time with an understanding for the overall product and hopefully creating some synergy out of the whole thing (buzzword - ha, got you!).
The great thing about interview scheduling software is that if used properly, it results in a much better hamburger...I mean recruitment activity. How so?
First of all, there is the applicant experience. When you use a well thought out interview schedule template, your candidates will have a much more favorable interviewing experience with your company (and you can avoid experiences like this: How Not to Schedule Passive Candidates).
Secondly, if you schedule interviews with an online interview scheduling tool, like Interviewer Assistant, your candidates should be better prepared for their interviews and theoretically, you can see them all at their best.
Thirdly, scheduling interviews online allows the recruiter to take some control over, and add some value to a part of the process that typically wastes time and does little to improve the recruitment experience or outcome for either party.
With a good interview scheduling tool, ideally one created by recruiters for recruiters, you can reduce costs and save time. And let's be honest, with more time and money, you can stop eating hamburgers and go out for a nice pizza instead! And if you read this whole article looking for the Forrest Gump tie-in…stupid is as stupid does.