Professional social network site LinkedIn on Wednesday launched a new feature called ‘Scheduler’ to automate candidate interview scheduling process. The new tool is expected to ease the hiring process both for the prospective candidates and recruiters.
‘LinkedIn Scheduler’ is aiming to automate initial interview scheduling for recruiters and candidates, directly via InMail. However, the caveat is the facility of InMail which is available to only LinkedIn Premium users.
The new feature would help candidates and recruiters save time spent on scheduling a meeting and help recruiters focus their energies on hiring strategically.
So what this means is that the recruiters will have to sync their Google calendar or Office 365 with LinkedIn. Then via a new InMail message, recruiters can send a scheduling link directly to the candidate of interest.
The new feature would help candidates and recruiters save time spent on scheduling a meeting and help recruiters focus their energies on hiring strategically and on-boarding the best candidate, the Microsoft-owned company said in a statement.
The link shares a real-time view of the recruiter’s calendar availability with the prospective candidates who can then opt for the most convenient time for them, while also giving them the ability to add their contact details such as their phone numbers and email IDs to accelerate this process. Further, advance settings allows recruiters to manage preferences such as time zones, availability, length of meetings and same-day meetings.
“Our goal is to help you spend less time on the back-and-forth-and a lot more time delighting, advising, and helping candidates make the decision to join your company,” said Peter Rigano, Senior Product Manager at LinkedIn, in a blogpost. “LinkedIn ‘Scheduler’ is just the latest way that we’re working to make recruiters more productive, powerful, and personal,” Rigano added.