The hiring process can be time-consuming and frustrating for employers and job seekers alike. As an employer, you might feel like you spend most of your time sifting through a mountain of online applications. And it’s common for candidates to spend hours perfecting their materials and applying for jobs, only to never hear back from the companies. 

What if there was a hiring solution that could help you expedite the hiring process — using advanced matching technology and automation to more quickly target and engage with interview-ready candidates — while still allowing job seekers to talk with hiring managers and find out if they advanced to the next interview round or, better yet, got the job?

Well, that solution now exists — and it’s called Indeed Hiring Events. Employers who host hiring events make the hiring process much faster and lower the cost per hire since they are able to conduct interviews in one place, all within a few hours. But that’s not all. Indeed does the heavy lifting by using the technology that drives solutions such as Sponsored Jobs and Indeed Targeted Ads to target candidates with relevant experience and to promote the hiring events on our job site. Employers can also add screener questions to ensure that candidates meet their qualification requirements and take advantage of automated tools to track and remind applicants who have RSVP’d, leaving employers to focus on making those human connections that lead to stronger hires. 

Let’s dive deeper into what Indeed Hiring Events are, how they work and how this solution can benefit your business. 

What are Indeed Hiring Events and how do they work?

Indeed Hiring Events enable employers to easily and cost-effectively create, promote and manage their own hiring events where they can host open interviews and hire for a set of roles they need to fill.

To host an Indeed Hiring Event, employers first need to select a preferred time and venue where they would like to hold their event. After they have booked their venue, they can then create an event page on Indeed. Once this is live, hiring events appear in search results just like any other job posting. For example, if one or more of the roles being filled at a hiring event meets a job seeker’s search criteria, the event listing will appear in their search results.

Job seekers are encouraged to RSVP to the event, and employers receive daily updates on who has done so, their contact information, as well as additional tools and tips to get the most out of their hiring event. Job seekers can also get more details from the employer’s event page about what to bring with them, the employer’s preferred dress code and information about the company. 

Key benefits include: 

  • Promotion of your hiring event on the Indeed job search site so job seekers can easily discover those taking place near them. 
  • Quickly identify candidates by adding prescreener questions to event pages. 
  • Candidates who RSVP’d are kept engaged with automated text and email reminders in the days leading up to the event. 
  • Receive metrics on RSVPs and attendance before and after their hiring event. 

Hire for multiple roles at once while relieving your recruiting burden 

Indeed Hiring Events are especially helpful for companies that need to do high-volume hiring or have to fill roles within a short time frame. Any employer can host an Indeed Hiring Event, although Indeed has found that these hiring events are best suited for entry-level jobs, as well as positions in retail, food service/hospitality, sales, transportation and nursing. 

But don’t just take our word for it. To date, many large companies have successfully used Indeed Hiring Events, such as Cracker Barrel, Goodwill, IKEA, Target, UPS and Best Buy, to name a few. For example, during the 2019 holiday season, technology retailer Best Buy needed to fill thousands of seasonal roles in a short period of time. Through Indeed Hiring Events, they were able to schedule a two-day Best Buy National Hiring Event to fill positions for retail customer service representatives at more than 500 locations. 

Indeed managed the hiring event advertising on Indeed.com and created a central landing page that Best Buy used as a destination for all external marketing and public relations efforts for their event. The result? According to Jackie Boyd, Senior Director of Talent Acquisition at Best Buy, they were able to make half of their seasonal hires in just two days.  

Besides restaurants and retail, healthcare employers also find Indeed Hiring Events well suited for hiring certification roles. For instance, HCR ManorCare, a nationwide network of more than 500 healthcare facilities, successfully hired 199 nurses in a single day at a significantly lower cost per hire than they could have otherwise.

Indeed Hiring Events expedite the recruitment process for job seekers and employers — resulting in faster and more cost-effective hires and allowing the opportunity to meet with hiring managers. There’s a lot you can pick up from meeting a candidate, and going straight to the interview can help you better judge a candidate’s soft skills, such as communication, dependability and problem-solving.

So far, Indeed has scheduled more than 30,000 Indeed Hiring Events in more than 3,500 cities, and the service is currently available to employers in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Ireland. But we’re just getting started. Interested in hosting an event? Visit the Indeed Hiring Events home page to learn more, and unlock the power of this solution for your firm.