New nationwide digital interview service launched

New nationwide digital interview service launched

For Arbetsförmedlingen - Public sector

Design & Concept Development
Insights & Strategy

Challenge

Open up the job market by providing employees with access to more potential employees at an earlier stage in the recruitment process.

 

Solution

The Speed interview Service enables employers to conduct short introductory online meetings with jobseekers to gain insights into their skills and personality.

About the client

Arbetsförmedlingen, the Swedish Public Employment Services, provides employment services to jobseekers and employers.

How we did it

We used an iterative approach of meeting users, analyzing their needs, generating ideas and prototyping solutions to validate and gain insights for the next iteration.

5

minutes for typical remote interview

200

user stories

60,000

job ads

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A good digital solution is much more than the solution itself, it’s the impact that it has on people or processes. The new Speed Interview Service from Arbetsförmedlingen ticks these boxes big time.

For many HR professionals the job interview process is pretty much the same. You write a job description (or edit an existing one), describe your ideal candidate (we really do the same things at this point) and post it on several job websites and share it on social media. Then you wait for the replies, sift through them and pick two or three to interview in person, already knowing who your favourite is, but open to persuasion from one of the others.

This is a tried and tested method that interviewees are aware of; they may even be able to gauge where they lie in your ranking during the interview. But a new service from Arbetsförmedlingen is challenging this process. And it seems it’s about time, because what seems like the ideal candidate on paper isn’t necessarily the ideal fit for the job in reality.

Two million job ads can’t be wrong, can they?

In a recent AI project run by the Digital Services department at Arbetsförmedlingen, two million job ads from different industries were reviewed to see what commonalities there were between them. Surprisingly, or perhaps not, most of them seemed to be looking for the same person, or at least the same type of person. Hard working; sociable; domain expertise; relevant experience; these types of phrases permeate most job ads. Everybody wants the ideal candidate, and if you have managed to crack the code to applying for a job you may be able to get into the top three almost every time. If you haven’t cracked the code, you might be coming fourth, eighth or tenth, but that doesn’t mean you’re not the best person for the job.

Or does it?

The newly launched Speed interview Service from Arbetsförmedlingen allows an interviewer to conduct short introductory meetings to get an initial insight into interested jobseekers before creating a shortlist of interview candidates. This puts new demands on interviewers; conducting a five-minute interview doesn’t leave you much time to learn the ins and outs of a person’s character but it does give you more of an idea about why they want the job and what kind of person they are – the type of information you can’t always get from a CV or cover letter.

We didn’t just deliver a design, but also included a backlog for building features and functions consisting of around 200 user stories. These detailed every click and action scenario that can occur when an employer or jobseeker interacts with the service.

From tenth to favourite

So far, the results have been pretty spectacular. Many interviewers have changed their top three picks after conducting a quick video meeting. It seems that a brief structured video interview is all it takes to assess a person’s ability to go further in the recruitment process. And nobody has been as surprised as professional recruiters and HR staff. Some of them have begun to rethink the competence requirements they seek in recruitment.

So it seems that this service is a real winner for everybody – well apart for the select few that have cracked the application code and usually get into the top three, they’ll just have to crack the code to five minute interviews in the future.

The Speed Interview Service

The Speed Interview Service is a video interface that can be run from a phone, tablet or computer. On the interviewer side it has a timer that counts down each meeting as it happens and turns from white to red as the meeting draws to a close. There is also a function that reminds you which competences you decided you were looking for in this part of the application process. Between interviews there is sufficient time (one minute) to write a few notes and sort the interviewees into Yes/Maybe/No applicants. The interviewer can also be prompted onscreen to ask questions (that they have decided upon earlier) which can then be ticked off as they are answered. They can also see how many interviewees remain in the queue.

The interviewee side of the interface is much simpler. Interviewees can log into the service at any time and view the camera angle that the interviewer will see during the meeting. This allows them to reposition their phone or elect to use a laptop. This feature is turned off during the meeting, when they can only see the interviewer. Interviewees can also see when their allocated time slot is coming up, but not how many people are being interviewed before or after them. At the end of the meeting they are prompted to answer whether they are still interested in the job. This has proved to be very useful feedback for interviewers.

The interface has a chat function but this is only used if there are technical or sound issues during the meeting. Interviewees are not able to communicate with one another.

We didn’t just deliver a design, but also included a backlog for building features and functions consisting of around 200 user stories. These detailed every click and action scenario that can occur when an employer or jobseeker interacts with the service.

“So far, the results have been pretty spectacular. Many interviewers have changed their top three picks after conducting a quick video meeting.”

Ellen Blanck, Customer Experience Lead, Arbetsförmedlingen

The Daresay Angle

Daresay designers were heavily involved in developing the service, which is built on WebRTC, an existing video platform from Google. The idea and basic version of the service was in place, but it required large-scale reworking of the user flows and user experience. Working closely with the Direct Services department at Arbetsförmedlingen, we ran a collaborative development process in which we conducted customer interviews, designed the interface and carried out extensive user testing. To ensure a smooth transition from concept design to product, we provided the developers (the service was built inhouse by Arbetsförmedlingen) a complete map of the build. This included a backlog for building features and functions consisting of around 200 user stories, detailing every click and action scenario that occurs when an employer or jobseeker interacts with the service. The development team was then able to build the service – refining as they went with no further support from Daresay designers – and launch a customer-first service that is making a difference to the way people are employed.

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