The Value of Interns in the Workplace Today
Internships have a long history in the workplace, and many industries both rely heavily on intern workers and look specifically for internship experience. In some fields, internships can make or break an entry-level worker’s ability to get a job.
College students, new graduates and individuals seeking to change careers still work hard to find internships that will accelerate their experience and potentially their careers. This consistent (or even growing) need has promoted the value of interns in the workplace today and encouraged more and more organizations to start internship programs to take advantage of unpaid workers and training opportunities to groom potential employees. With so much room for growth, interns are a valuable part of the workforce, and the best programs are extremely competitive.
Like any other job, hiring interns comes with its own challenges. Recruiters have adapted to new generations and new job types to successfully communicate with, recruit and hire internship-level positions, but one tool sticks out as a means for hiring interns more effectively and screening candidates quickly to locate the right hire.
How Video Interviews Ease Intern Hiring
Several of our clients have used video interviews, particularly recorded video interviews, to hire interns all over the country. Organizations with strong internship programs or highly sought-after internships receive several hundreds of applications during busy hiring seasons like spring and summer.
These are just a few of the ways video interviews make intern hiring more efficient:
- Simplified screening: To quickly screen a large amount of candidates, recruiters can use video interviews to compare candidates side by side and make decisions much faster than with a traditional phone interview. Rather than scheduling a 30-minute phone call when you may only need five minutes, video screening allows you to be specific and narrow interviews to about five minutes to quickly review and receive the same information.
- Standardized questions: When hiring interns, many individuals may be looking for their first job and most will probably not have a lot (if any) work experience, making it difficult to compare them. Use standardized video interview questions to pull out helpful information about skills and related experience that you can compare side by side with other candidates, who all responded to the exact same question – something you cannot easily do in a live interview.
- Opportunities for rating/sharing: Working with hiring leaders means having to communicate opinions about candidates to reach decisions, and video interviews provide built-in collaboration tools for rating, sharing and commenting on responses. For example, a recruiter can narrow down the candidates by screening their responses and share the best contenders with hiring managers, so they only review videos submitted by the top candidates. From there, participants can collaborate and come to a decision of who to interview in a live setting.
Internships are unique and therefore require specific hiring practices. Many of our clients have used recorded interviews to narrow down a large amount of candidates, compare similar candidates side by side and easily share responses with hiring managers to collaborate easily. Because internships are extremely popular among younger generations who are nearing the end of college or have already graduated, they are the ideal group to participate in technology-assisted hiring with video interviews.