With the national unemployment rate lingering at 9.7 percent, companies making new hires this season will likely be wading through a lot of applications. HR experts told Georgia's newspaper Greenwood Today that face time with job candidates offers insights a resume cannot produce. Still, taking the time to meet countless applicants in person can take away from productivity.
To save some valuable work time and still find the best prospective workers, some businesses have been using web conferencing to conduct upper-level job interviews. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune Live, a number of executives find this is a beneficial way to interact with candidates.
Matt Rimer, director of talent acquisition for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, told the source the savings from using webcams can be significant. He explains that web conferencing allows for face-to-face interviews without the cost of airfare. Moreover, he says this strategy avoids "investing a substantial amount of our managers' and supervisors' and leaders' time in interviewing someone."
David Baker, CEO of Human Capital Advisers in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, agrees. He says web conferencing allows him to save money, time and still get a sense of "whether or not [candidates] present themselves professionally."
This strategy could come in handy for a number of companies in 2010. According to the recent fifth annual Employment Dynamics and Growth Expectations report, about half of U.S. employers plan to hire in the next year.