How Does This Thing Work? Overcoming the 3 Biggest Online Hiring Hurdles

After years of doing things the old-fashioned way, your company has finally adopted an online hiring system. You've integrated the application interface into your website and listed your openings in all the relevant job databases, so now the only thing left to do is sit back and wait for the star candidates to magically appear, right?

Not exactly. Online hiring is easy and convenient for the applicant, but every business has to overcome certain hurdles for the system to be a success. So take our advice and prepare your company to tackle the three issues associated with any online hiring system.

1. You'll get a lot of applications. Using an online application system makes it easy for anyone to apply for a job, but this is both a blessing and a curse. Your company will attract qualified candidates – more of them than ever before – but a do-it-yourself solution can also lead to clogged inboxes and assorted informational housekeeping woes. Even server crashes are a possibility.

In light of this, many companies choose to use staffing software like The Resumator to help keep their online hiring systems under control. Our web-based platform provides a dedicated database for incoming applications. They can be viewed, sorted, separated and ranked while your standard email server continues to operate unburdened. If your business plans to use an online hiring system as part of its employee selection process, check out our features page and see what we have to offer.

2. You'll need an impressive website. In many ways, a great website is a company's most valuable recruiting tool. When HR posts a job opening online, qualified candidates flock to the site to learn more about the company, and if they aren’t impressed by what they see, they move on.

Your company’s website has to send a clear and direct message. It must show potential candidates who you are, what you do and why you’re awesome. Most importantly, it has to look professional. A fancy online hiring system won't make up for a slapdash website, so if your company's site still looks like it did in 1997, it's time to talk to a professional web designer about giving it a makeover. If you want potential clients and candidates to take your company seriously, it's important to show them that you’re serious about your online presence.

3. Interviewing long-distance candidates in person will be tricky. Suppose you’re the hiring manager for a Los Angeles-based software development firm that operates on a very limited budget. You’ve received an excellent application from a programmer based in Nebraska, and now you have a dilemma: how do you see what the candidate is all about short of paying for a round-trip plane ticket or settling for a telephone interview? This is a common problem faced by companies that use web-based staffing software to recruit and hire new employees. Luckily, the solution is simple. Start with video interviews.

Video services like Skype allow hiring managers to talk face-to-face with candidates throughout the employee selection process until only a few special prospects remain. At that point it's easy to set up one-on-one meetings with the best applicants for a final interview.

Remember that finding and hiring the best candidates takes patience, hard work and great skill, just as it always has. Online hiring systems have a way of magnifying both the strengths and the shortcomings of a company's hiring process, so it's important to be smart and to prepare for these three online hiring hurdles now if your company plans to make the switch. Get your website touched up, practice your video interviewing skills and invest in some staffing software. Trust us – a little bit of work today will leave you much better off tomorrow.