One school system in California is shaking up their old-school way of hiring for the first time in years, and things just got much better for their recruiters.
Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) is currently in the height of their principal and teacher hiring. That’s when more than 500 candidates enter the pipeline between mid-January and May each year (nuts!).
The story is the same for school districts all across the country - the big push in time for the school year. Exhausted by their old-school hiring approach, OUSD implemented the digital interview into their process at the beginning of 2017.
“When I was going through the interview process with the district a while back, it was a big deal, as in this is my one shot,” former teacher-turned-OUSD Talent Recruiter Steven Moreno said. “It was too serious. If they didn’t offer me the job, then no one else in the district was able to have access to me.”
Today, educators in demand are going ‘On-Demand’ with Take The Interview.
“With TTI, candidate video interviews are available to all the school sites. So, you’re essentially interviewing with all of them. It takes away some of the anxiety,” Moreno said.
A recorded, one way On-Demand interview happens with top teachers post-apply, where candidates record a demo lesson. TTI Live, a two-way video interview, then allows recruiters to “meet” candidates face-to-face with a recruiter in the following round.
“Teachers do demo lessons within the digital interview. The reason we didn’t do early contracts in the past is because we had no idea how the person taught until they came to the school. We can do early offers and contracts today with TTI,” Moreno said.
Fast offers and an improved hiring process, all in just three months so far. Here’s the gist:
- Decrease of about 62%, from 4 weeks to about 1.5 weeks
Time and Resource Savings
- Decrease of about 30%. Recruiters spend about 11 hours less per month screening candidates.
- $3,000 savings in travel expenses to date, over last year
Staggering success, accomplished with a very tiny team.
“We all wear multiple hats and have our hands in a variety of things. Our team is small and not as big as it should be given the size of our industry,” Moreno said. “Fresno, for example, has one recruiter for each subject area.”
Education is a highly competitive industry, with schools in neighboring districts fighting for the top teacher talent. Oakland Unified believes they now have a unique way of beating the competition.
“The clock in an On-Demand interview is the encouragement for candidates to continue saying more. It provides a platform for them to share more of their skills and expertise. It could be seen as higher pressure, but you have four minutes to tell us about yourself. It puts people at ease when they know what the process will be like,” Moreno said.
OUSD manages 85 different schools in the Oakland area, and isn’t the only school district taking off with TTI. The New York City Department of Education, The School District of Philadelphia and Harmony Public Schools have transformed their processes using the platform this year too.