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51% of hiring managers prefer in-person interviews

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Impact of the pandemic is still evident

Express Employment Professionals conducted a survey revealing that more than half of US hiring managers, precisely 51%, prefer conducting job interviews in person rather than through virtual means or over the phone.

Despite the ongoing impact of the pandemic, 8% of hiring managers continue to conduct interviews exclusively virtually, while 40% have adopted a hybrid approach, combining both in-person and virtual interviews.

Express Employment International CEO, Bill Stoller, highlighted the significance of technology during the Covid-19 pandemic for maintaining workforce connectivity. However, he emphasized the importance of returning to face-to-face or incorporating virtual components at the beginning of the hiring process. This allows employers to evaluate soft skills, which are challenging to gauge without meeting candidates in person. The survey results indicate a consensus among companies supporting this viewpoint.

The report emphasizes that interview methods may vary based on industry and the candidate’s skill level. Nonetheless, the study underscores the value of in-person interaction, as it enhances the likelihood of candidate success.

The survey was conducted online by The Harris Poll between June 13 and June 26, targeting 1,010 US hiring decision-makers who are either employed full time or self-employed.

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