The biggest responsibilities of a recruiter and more so as a hiring manager is to ensure you do not make a bad hire. A bad hire can have lasting impacts on the dynamics of the team, culture of the company and a ton of wasted efforts. This is where panel interviews come to rescue as it provides you with additional perspective to help you in the decision making process.

The biggest challenge with Panel interviews

A panel interview in the hiring process often stretches the recruitment cycle a lot longer. Figuring out the time to setup a panel interview for every candidate is a huge overhead. If you have 3-4 panel members, it could take ~14-15 email exchanges to find the time to meet with one candidate.

Imagine the amount of email back and forth it would take for just 6-8 potential candidates that make it through to the panel interview. With a tool like FreeBusy the process can take less than 60 seconds.

Schedule panel interviews without email back-and-forth using FreeBusy

How does FreeBusy eliminate the email back and forth?

FreeBusy offers an amazing set of team scheduling capabilities that allow you to create an appointment booking page specifically for the panel interview. You can setup a Group appointment type and add the panel members as the hosts for the meeting. You can then send the link to this appointment booking page to all the potential candidates.

When a candidate opens the link, FreeBusy ensures that it only shows availability when all the hosts are available (pulling in free/busy hours from all the connected calendars). You never have to worry about schedule conflicts with some panel members. The candidates pick the time that works for them, proposes the meeting to book the slot and the calendar invite is shared to all the panel members and the candidate. It literally takes less than 60 seconds to get the panel interview scheduled.

Taking it a step further: FreeBusy integrates with several web conferencing tools like Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Meet, GoToMeeting, RingCentral, Webex etc. So, when the panel interview is scheduled, it would talk to your preferred web conferencing tool on your behalf and automatically create a session and add the link in the Location of the calendar invite.

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It thus takes away a lot of burden off your shoulders from the entire workflow of scheduling the panel interviews so that you can focus all your energy on finding the right candidate that meets your requirements.