Face-to-face meetings - a thing of the past

By Erin Kelly

In today’s globalized world, face-to-face interviews with the headhunter are becoming a thing of the past and can also be a disadvantage in the candidate selection process. With tools like FaceTime, Skype, and the most obvious, the phone, virtual interviews are the future of recruiting the best talent.

We are a global headhunting firm, which means it is very difficult to meet many of our candidates in person – we can’t be everywhere after all! This might make us different to the traditional headhunting firms who tend to have local offices present in each market they operate in, but it also gives us significant advantages.

 Here are some of the benefits of eliminating face-to-face contact between the candidate and the headhunting firm:

1.     Time saving: We are all short on time and by not requiring a candidate to come into our office and go through various interviews during their/our business hours, we are saving the candidate time. We are also saving the client time because we are able to send candidates more quickly - it is easier and faster for us to contact the best candidates in the world via phone and Skype.

2.     Access to top talent: This is connected to time, but along with the fact that we do not require the candidate to come to us, we can also have a conversation with them at any point in the day. We can talk to the candidate at six in the morning before their children wake up for school or before they go into their first meeting at the office. We can talk to the candidate during their lunch break and we can also talk to the candidate late at night. Simply put, we are flexible enough to talk to our candidates at their convenience, which means we have better access to passive talent than virtually any other company in the business.

3.     Low barrier to enter the recruitment process: This allows us to access the highly sought after passive talent. By passive talent, I mean the candidates who are not actively searching for a new role, typically they are happy where they are and have good results in a competitor organization. By not meeting the candidate face to face, we make the process more attractive and convenient. Our goal is to not waste the candidate’s time, and ensure quick access for them and the key decision maker, the client. 

4.     Global talent: By not meeting our candidates face to face we can speak with candidates regardless of their physical location in the world. For global, regional, or even local roles, we can simultaneously speak with candidates in different countries and continents. This means if you are looking for a Spanish speaker for a role in Miami, we can contact candidates across the US, but also across Latin America and even Spanish speakers currently based in other parts of the world. Another example is if you are looking for an Arabic speaker to be based in Dubai, we can search across the entire Middle East, Europe, and even the US, simultaneously. The examples and advantages are endless.

These are just some of the many advantages of eliminating the need for a face-to-face meeting with the headhunter. Would you like to learn more? Feel free to contact us at info@WeAreAccelerate.com.