Sunday, February 5, 2012

Scheduling an Interview - Are we understanding time zones

Many times i used to get responses from potential candidates when they are looking for opportunities abroad,hiring managers/recruiters calling them at odd hours and some started interviewing them without asking them whether the candidate can discuss or not ,based on this most potential resources are rejected in the interview ...

This is because most recruiters/hiring managers don't look at time zones ,it do happens either wise calling from India to other locations, usual response i see we are running under pressure to get resources but we don't think when calling the resource at this odd timings without prior notice we are giving a candidate a bad feeling about your organization.

Agreed that we are all under pressure to recruit,first thing please ensure the candidates knows that you are calling,this is not being done most times

a) First send a mail/phone communique to shortlisted candidates to check on availability and here don't push him/her    ,do negotiate timings as this candidate has got task to do in his work and he /she might have some times bad days as well .so please give some respect to the candidate and get his confirmation from him so he is assured that you will call at that mentioned timings

b) Ensure he picks the call , if does'n't don't keep pinging him continuously which might give wrong impression about      your organization as  he/she might be given some urgent tasks/will be in meeting so value his time ,give a 10 -  15  mins break then call him and as well send an email as well that some one tried to reach calling the candidate   as   most candidates would have access to emails , if possible ask the alternate timings/mention that you will   calling him again in that it gives some space for the candidates as well

c) Most important,check for time zones if you are calling from India , for eg if you are calling at 5 pm Indian  time India , it will be early morning time to US and Europe please dont call at 10 am India time which will be   early   morning time 

       Many times i used to get responses from potential candidates when they are looking for opportunities abroad,hiring managers/recruiters calling them at odd hours and some started interviewing them without asking them whether the candidate can discuss or not ,due to not enquiring , potential resources are rejected in the interview ...

This is because most recruiters/hiring managers don't look at time zones ,it do happens either wise calling from India to other locations, usual response i see we are running under pressure to get resources but we don't think when calling the resource at this odd timings without prior notice we are giving a candidate a bad feeling about your organization.

Agreed that we are all under pressure to recruit,first thing please ensure the candidates knows that you are calling,this is not being done most times

a) First send a mail/phone communique to shortlisted candidates to check on availability and here dont push him/her  ,do negotiate timings as this candidate has got task to do in his work and he /she might have some times bad days as well .so please give some respect to the candidate on this

b) Ensure he picks the call , if doesnt dont keep pinging him continously which might give wrong impression about    your organization as  he/she might be given some urgent tasks/will be in meeting so value his time ,give a 10 -  15  mins break then call him and as well send an email as well that some one tried to reach calling the candidate   as   most candidates would have access to emails , if possible ask the alternate timings/mention that you will   calling him again in that it gives some space for the candidates as well


c) Most important,check for time zones if you are calling from India , for eg if you are calling at 5 pm Indian    time India , it will be early morning time to US and Europe please dont call at 10 am India time which will be early   morning time 

       You can visit www.greenwichtime.com  if you want to know exact time and difference and plan
  your interview  

   So Value time and value others time when scheduling interview .....

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