A Planner - Weekend Interviews

Getting an interview scheduled is more than just making sure the candidate and interviewer’s schedules line up– it’s also the candidate taking a day off from their busy work schedule to come to your office.

While recruiters certainly shouldn’t be expected to work outside of work hours (though many of them do), conducting interviews between candidate outreach and regular meetings can create a lot of context switching. This makes it difficult to focus on one task well.

The case for weekend interviews

Candidates are encouraged not to prioritize their current job in favor of their potential new one, however, this can (and often will) put candidates in the awkward position of taking multiple days off.

It takes anywhere from 10-15 interviews to land an offer. With most job interviews taking an entire day (or more), the company that makes it the easiest to interview with them is the one that will nab candidates.

Opening up free time for candidates to interview on the weekends is a great way for them to have a candidate-driven experience.

However, it shouldn’t come at the expense of a recruiter’s time:

Are they worth it?

We all know that there are more jobs in the US than workers. Because of this, candidate experience is a key differentiator. There are many ways to create a great candidate experience, from giving goody bags at the onsite interview to replying to candidates in a timely manner.

Are weekend interviews part of that equation?

While weekend interviews open the opportunity to have a more flexible schedule for candidates, it can also give off the impression that candidates will be expected to work during weekends. Depending on your company culture, you might not want to give that impression.

Additionally, interviewers are expected to clear their weekend schedules in order to accommodate candidates. When the average onsite interview takes up to 45 minutes, this can quickly become an all-day event. (Which, of course, results in overtime payment.)

While candidates (and some interviewers) with busy schedules will welcome the opportunity to have an additional interview slot that fits into their schedule, it’s important to remember that the interview is a reflection of the company and the company’s culture. For many candidates, working weekends isn’t exactly what they’d like to picture.

How can you prioritize busy candidates?

If hosting weekend interviews isn’t something you see in your future, the initial question still remains: how can you interview busy candidates without overly disrupting their schedule?

A lot in the interview process has stayed the same since its inception, including how interviews are prioritized and scheduled. This is where technology and tools come in. With something as fast-paced as recruiting, introducing automation is one of the few ways that we can not only see every candidate– but also give every candidate a great experience.

Some teams (like Airbnb and Box) utilize an Interview Logistics Platform to assist with scheduling. This makes scheduling not only easier, but, most importantly, candidate-driven.

On the most basic level, candidate-driven scheduling is putting the candidate in the driver’s seat to choose their interview. Candidates are busy– that’s why the idea of weekend interviews is even out there! By enabling candidates to choose their interview slot based on their interviewer(s)’ calendar, companies are equally prioritizing their candidates and interviewers.

At the end of the day, it’s the company with the fastest time to hire that succeeds, and you don’t need to open up additional interviewing days in order to do that!

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