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Tech firms switch to video interviews to hire fresh talent – ETtech


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Technology corporations are switching to the video conferencing mode to hire potential candidates whilst they brace for a bigger slowdown in numerous enterprise segments.Companies resembling Cognizant, Wipro and NTT are utilizing digital conferences to interview and choose candidates in an effort to perform enterprise as ordinary. However, onboarding of chosen candidates is being postponed till April.

CEO of Cognizant, Brian Humphries in a observe to staff earlier this month mentioned: “All our candidate interviews are actually digital and once we onboard new hires, additionally they bear the identical course of we use for guests to our services.”

In an analogous e-mail to staff, IT providers peer Wipro mentioned “face-to face meetings with potential candidates must not be scheduled until further notice”, as the corporate takes to video-conferencing for hiring. Companies are additionally utilizing this as a chance to use superior functions inside video-based platforms. N Murali, director – human assets & alliances at NTT India, mentioned the corporate had ramped up video-based hiring up to now six months.

“I have already been looking at video-based (interviews), now more than ever,” he mentioned.“It also opens a wider pool of people, resources to consider when you can use video effectively. First is to screen better—there are software tools available today… you can have pre-filled questions in the platform and the software has the intelligence to analyse the responses and see if a match is found. It can also detect when a person is not being sincere. When you are looking at a large pool of candidates and you have not narrowed down, you can use these tools to do that more effectively,” he added.

Experts from staffing firms recommended that video-based recruitment would be the norm within the coming weeks.

“Earlier, this kind of hiring used to be only 10-15% but now in the last two weeks, we see that face to face hiring has almost gone down to nil with our clients,” mentioned Sunil C, head – specialised staffing at TeamLease Digital.

Staffing firms are additionally asking IT corporations to construct e-onboarding services given the uncertainty of when candidates can be a part of corporations. “We have asked customers to come up with e-onboarding facilities. They have promised that they would come back to us after March 31st, at this point, we see on-boarding moving to first week of April,” mentioned Sunil.

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