Dover orchestrates thousands of interview processes each month, giving us insight into hiring at its various stages. One of the most critical stages of the hiring funnel is the initial phone screen which, if done successfully, sets a positive tone and pace for the candidate’s experience. Successfully executing this stage requires getting the most qualified candidates in the door, scheduling them quickly, and speaking to them while there's sufficient mutual interest.
Given the influx of candidates at this point in the funnel, candidate management becomes a challenge. Handling the corresponding volume of initial screening calls can overwhelm even the best hiring managers and recruiters leading them to pause their efforts. Pauses lead to increased time to hire, cost per hire, and unhealthy candidate pipelines.
Dover Interviewer eases that strain by providing you with support in all the right parts of the initial call process:
1️⃣ Triage: When your team is hiring aggressively, especially across multiple roles, you’ll likely have bandwidth constraints for initial phone screens, which can slow hiring down across the board and cause you to miss good candidates. Dover Interviewer allows you to implement a layer of triage before candidates advance to subsequent rounds thus removing your bandwidth constraints for initial phone screens and increasing the effectiveness of subsequent rounds.
2️⃣ Give you your time back: By spending less time on initial phone screens, you’ll have more time to iterate on the strategic components of the job search parameters, outreach, and later stages of the process. In addition to decreasing the amount of time you need to spend conducting initial calls, when you use Dover Interviewers, Dover can handle scheduling candidates. All you need to do is approve or reject candidates in Slack or in the Dover App, and Dover handles the next step, removing a common bottleneck in candidate pipelines. Our data shows that Dover Scheduling increases booked interviews by 40% as a result of decreased candidate drop-off.
3️⃣ Screening: Ensure you talk to all of the candidates you're confident about and don't advance those who aren't a great fit right now.
4️⃣ Candidate experience: Maintain a consistent and enjoyable candidate experience during all touchpoints.
5️⃣ Interviewing framework: Have access to a rigorous interviewing framework and rubric and thorough detailed notes for each call. All approvals or rejections will be based on consistent questions and talking points.
Dover Interviewer employs interview specialists who are dedicated to running high-quality initial phone screens. Cumulatively, they have conducted thousands of phone screens spanning all functions, and they've worked with hiring managers from top companies like Instabase, Samsara, Section4, Scale, and Unstoppable Domains.
ℹ️ Note that when using Dover Interviewer, you maintain control over the strategic portions of the process (i.e. the details of your pitch, questions asked, ideal candidate) and maintain the ability to speak to a candidate yourself, if you so choose.
Dover Interviewer can be enabled during onboarding or added at anytime after a job has been set up on Dover. To enable Dover Interviewer, please follow the steps outlined in this Help Center article.