As a customer-focused general contractor headquartered in Montgomery, Alabama, Caddell Construction was looking for an innovative and effective way to connect with their candidates from across various countries and time zones. Caddell often receives applications from around the world, so being able to screen and interview candidates without the hassle of schedule syncs or the cost of travel fare was paramount to the success of their hiring process. However, Caddell’s team still needed the ability to get a read on the candidates being interviewed without meeting in-person. They found their solution with Spark Hire’s video interviewing platform, resulting in the team saving time, resources, and money while improving their overall hiring process.
Connecting Across Time Zones
Caddell has provided logistical expertise to some of the most remote locations on Earth, so having a hiring process that can remain functional across different time zones is crucial to their progress. Prior to implementing Spark Hire, the team used Skype to record live interviews with candidates virtually, record these live interviews, and share them with team members. While initially useful, this technique still required careful schedule syncs between the interviewer and the candidate, delaying the overall interview process and causing additional stress for both parties.
Ryan C. Stanford, HR Manager and Corporate EEO Officer at Caddell, quickly noticed the added benefits of using Spark Hire’s platform, saying, “The ability to pre-build interview questions and have candidates record responses outside of my normal core business hours was crucial. With Spark hire, a candidate could interview in Asia while I was asleep, and the interview would be delivered to my inbox first thing in the morning.” From there, Stanford and his team can share these interviews with key decision makers, allowing the team to rate and review interviews on their own time.
Seeing Instant Results
The team saw results almost instantly. Stanford remembers one interview that specifically stood out, describing, “early on, [a] particular interview for a candidate in Northern Michigan… led to an offer and a relocation process. Eliminating the cost of airfare and travel for the candidate was paramount. Our annual Spark Hire subscription paid for itself with this one hire. Getting a ‘read’ or a ‘feel’ on a candidate prior to spending a high cost to interview face-to-face sold Spark Hire to our executive team. They’re big fans of the tool, which speaks volumes considering some of our experienced leaders are less comfortable with new technology.”
Now, Spark Hire’s video interviews are a standard part of their interview process.
An Easy-to-Use Solution
Overall, Stanford and his team found the platform to be intuitive and easy-to-use. Not to mention, their time to hire ratio has improved considerably. “Spark hire saves time for Recruiters. It’s a screening tool that pays for itself with just a few hires,” says Stanford, adding, “it allows you to get a read on a candidate’s proficiency with technology at an early stage.”
After realizing all the added benefits of implementing Spark Hire, the platform is an indispensable tool in Caddell Construction’s hiring process.