Bring back your enthusiasm for interviewing with these cold-hard hacks!

08 Nov 2021

Do you have a hard time getting excited for your digital recruiting interviews? Recruiters know that interviewing is a necessary, but often tedious part of the day-to-day business. As a recruiter, it’s important to find ways to keep your energy up and your enthusiasm strong for this process so you can provide the best possible experience for every candidate.

The way you do your job during this economic crisis is more important than ever. But with the rise of the gig economy, the skills shortage, and competition for talent becoming fierce once again, can you deal with all of it?

Worse, there are days that 10 Zoom candidate interviews in a day can suck out all your energy! So what do you do?

Interview fatigue is not a joke. It can easily kill your productivity, morale, and even your business.

In a recent research study, interview fatigue is a serious problem for digital recruiters today. 40% of recruiters claimed that they were ‘somewhat’ or ‘very’ fatigued after conducting interviews.

41% of those mentioned that this change in interview fatigue has happened over the last year.

Fret not because there are top tips to help you deal with this new world of digital recruitment. Here are effective ways to beat interview fatigue:

1. Prepare for the day’s investor calls

The best tip to beat interview fatigue is to prepare for the day’s investor calls. In a research study, it was found that over 60% of recruiters feel they are too focused on finding candidates who can ‘do the job’ and not on finding the right person.

To find out what you need to do, run through and review your notes and draft your email in advance in preparation for important interviews that you have in a single day.

2. Take a break after all interviews

A 5-minute break can often be just the thing to help you refresh and get back into the swing of things. And caffeine or a walk can also help break up a long day of interviewing.

According to a research study, half of the IT recruiters feel that they do not take enough breaks for exercise and eating. The other 50% of them take breaks after every 60-90 minutes, which is not enough time to rest as their energy levels dip by as much as 25%.

Do not deprive yourself of a break unless you need to stay on call. Instead, make time for a short walk after interviews and grab some coffee or tea when you need to recharge to get back into the swing of things.

3. Set long-term goals and short-term deadlines for your company

Another way to beat interview fatigue is by setting long-term goals and short-term deadlines for your company. This will motivate you and help you manage your time with more accuracy and transparency than ever before.

An IT recruiter may set simple long-term goals, such as completing X amount of interviews by the end of the year. On the other hand, a senior banker may set huge long-term goals like hiring 100 new clients within three years.

Short-term deadlines are like mini-deadlines for all tasks you need to complete in the next week or month based on your overall plan. They ensure that you don’t miss out on small but important details that can prevent your goal from happening.

Your Key Takeaway
When it comes to fighting interview fatigue, creativity plays a huge role.

Since the onset of the recession, it has become harder for digital recruiters to deal with candidate interviews. On average, they take up at least 20% time of their day to find the right talent. It’s not for lack of quality candidates (unemployment is down) but also because these candidates are increasingly selective in their decision-making. And hiring managers want relative experts who can get the results immediately.

Stop treating your interviewing routine like it’s the same thing over and over again. Instead, make the most of it by seeing each interview as its own unique opportunity to get valuable insights into candidates and employers alike.