Review: How Candidate Scheduling Tool Cronofy Streamlines Hiring Processes

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Working in recruitment, we’re all on a journey looking for continuous improvements and monitoring trends in hiring to improve our products and service.

Even in this current economic climate, time is money. This makes time to fill the most important HR and recruiting metric. A 2020 survey by Yello highlighted this issue further finding the average time to hire across all industries to be three to four weeks – falling far short of candidate expectations of a decision within five days of interview. The same report found that on average, recruiters are spending two-thirds of their overall hiring process on interview scheduling.

Right now our teams are smaller, placing the focus on processes and streamlining as an essential part of any effective recruiting team. A lot of firms are still operating remotely which means switching up the way the hiring process works and far more emphasis on digital touchpoints like interviews and assessments done remotely. Interview scheduling in particular presents a myriad of challenges and frustrations. It’s so time consuming to juggle all the calendars, organize the panel and then often at the last minute find that one member or the candidate can no longer make the chosen time. 

Scheduling tools like the Cronofy Scheduler offer recruiting organizations an effective way to hire faster by improving candidate interview scheduling and offering them a seamless booking experience which doesn’t add any friction to the hiring process. 

Cronofy’s research shows that 64% of recruiters take two or more days to schedule an interview. Add to that the fact that 90% of recruiters send at least two emails or make at least two phone calls to organize an interview time. It’s clear that one of the biggest bottlenecks in hiring involves the coordination of schedules. Whether it’s you, as the recruiter, the hiring manager, or the candidate. The Cronofy Scheduler offers a way to make everyone’s interviewing experience more seamless. 

 

Seamless Candidate Experience and Hiring Processes

 

One of the reasons I love the Cronofy Scheduler platform is how easy it is to use. Their interface is intuitive providing the recruiting coordinate the ability to quickly invite everyone to the party, reducing the number of emails required. The organizer can also toggle whose availability they would like to consider useful where multiple panel participants are needed. The Cronofy Scheduler found that their recruiting technology reduced the time to fill the process by as much as 6 days. This increase to speed to hire benefits everyone. Candidates start their new jobs sooner and hiring managers have their employees training and onboarding quickly, without extra work piling up or being shouldered by other members of the team. 

I love Cronofy’s interface. It is intuitive and easy to use for everyone. In minutes recruiters can set up an account and begin sharing their calendar with other candidates and hiring managers – giving them options and a personalized experience, while protecting their own calendars. You’re only ever sharing your availability, not your actual calendar. Their ability to provide date and time ranges allows others to schedule easily and seamlessly, but within your preset working hours or customized periods. The tool is backed by their powerful scheduling APIs (used by some of the world’s leading HR Tech brands) which means it’s an ideal and secure solution for teams of any size. 

 

 

Integrations Are Easy with Cronofy

 

The Cronofy Scheduler offers easy integrations with both Gmail and Outlook allowing you to pull interviewers’ availability from their calendars flawlessly. Again, their UX is intuitive and easy to use. This integration makes it even easier to work across organizations and with a variety of partners to help increase the speed to hire. 

 

Cronofy can work with a variety of different recruiting technology and applicant tracking systems through the browser extension, however, it can be used as a stand-alone addition working alongside these tools. Other calendar scheduling tools are clunky and less well adapted to improving the candidate experience. Cronofy’s system allows you to simply invite someone to have access to your calendar, you control the dates, times and availability. You also can control on an individual basis who has access to your calendar and for what period of time. It keeps your calendar secure while also allowing you to manage your time and productivity in the most effective way. 

 

 

There’s something to be said right now for simplicity especially in times like these. Cronofy makes scheduling candidate interviews streamlined, automated, and easy. This will undoubtedly save your team time and money. You can learn more about Cronofy Scheduling at cronofy.com

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Jessica Miller-Merrell

Jessica Miller-Merrell

Jessica Miller-Merrell (@jmillermerrell) is a workplace change agent, author and consultant focused on human resources and talent acquisition living in Austin, TX. Recognized by Forbes as a top 50 social media influencer and is a global speaker. She’s the founder of Workology, a workplace HR resource and host of the Workology Podcast.

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