With over 10.7 million people looking for jobs in the US alone, having an interview appointment form without a WordPress Datepicker could disorganize a recruiter’s nicely organized and scheduled day.
You might not remember the appointment and forget to prepare for interview Qs to hire a top performer.
Thus, affecting your work and soon you have to face an angry boss or hindrance in companies growth. But with a WordPress datepicker, you’ll be able to save yourself and the company from an unorganized interview day and the problems it brings later.
What’s a WordPress datepicker, how it can benefit your organization and what’s the best way to use it on your website?
Let’s find out everything, without any delay!
What Does a WordPress Datepicker Do?
A WordPress Datepicker allows you to convert an input field into a date picker calendar with a time range.
So, interested candidates can book an appointment for an interview at their convenience without typing the date & time in an input field, making it easy and interesting for them to schedule an interview.
Moreover, using the datepicker, you can define dates available to book an appointment in a date slot.
The same you can do with the time. You can define the time range a candidate can select for a chosen date and appear for the interview between the specified time.
There are multiple benefits of using a WordPress datepicker over a standard form with simple input fields that would allow you to organize successful interviews for your company.
Let’s see what they are.
Benefits of Using an Interview Appointment Form With WordPress Datepicker
(1) It cuts the inefficient recruitment process
When we use a simple form without a WordPress datepicker, we involve ourselves in an inefficient recruitment process.
Candidates will fill the form up, then we’d call them back to schedule their appointment, and on the day of the interview, we’ll call them again to confirm that they are appearing.
This whole process is time-consuming and increases the time to hire, which further increases the chances of not interviewing or hiring a better candidate.
Because a company with less time to hire might already get our desired candidate on their team.
Do you know: That about 57% of the candidates looking for jobs lose their interest if the hiring process is lengthy. Source Robert Half.
According to the AIHR Analytics’ report, the average time to hire new talent is 26 days in the World. And if we involve in a longer recruitment process, the chances are we might take longer than usual.
However, with a WordPress datepicker, you can shorten this process because the candidate has already chosen the day for an interview; all you have to do is confirm.
(2) Monetary savings
By shortening your recruitment process, you won’t only do time savings, but you’ll also give momentum to less expense on hiring new talent.
A company averagely spends over $4000 per hire but using a datepicker; you’ll be able to bring this number down a bit.
How? Let’s understand it with an example.
Assume you’ve shortlisted 100 candidates who’ve applied before through a simple form.
Now, with a longer recruitment process, you either call or email them to let them know that they have been selected and you want them to schedule an interview.
Each call and email would charge your organization.
But if you’ve applied the datepicker, the candidate himself already has selected the day, and you wouldn’t have to call them.
Moreover, the time you saved here could be applied to those areas that would generate some profit.
(3) Reduction in interview scheduling errors
When the datepicker takes all the scheduling bets, then there’s less chance to mistake two people with the same name as one.
The candidate will choose the date and submit the form. You don’t have to involve yourself in any other extra manual task then extracting received applications data & putting them in an organized interview calendar.
Plus, you’ll have the idea of whom to inform and whom not to before a particular session starts and candidates appear to show their skills.
(4) Flexibility & Convenience without creating an “Interview Day”
It’s no doubt many employees prefer flexibility & convenience over a rigid and tightly coupled system.
But, with a datepicker appointment form, you provide the candidates with the freedom to choose their preferred date & time for an interview.
What else you can also do by using a WordPress datepicker is that you can lower the number of applications because Glassdoor reported that, on average, each corporate job offer brings about 250 resumes.
If you post a job with a simple form, then who knows how many job applications you’d receive.
But with a datepicker, you can limit that by setting a date range and blocking the date once you’ve got the desired submission on a particular day.
Additionally, this will also not create an interview day where you take one-on-one sessions with candidates from different departments on a single day and find yourself confused & irritated.
(5) A fixed time scheduled interview provides time for both parties to prepare
Nobody likes to rush in an interview unprepared. When you provide a candidate with an option to pick their desired date for an interview, they take a breath of relief.
Because it allows them to take their time to prepare for the interview.
What extra it does is that it also gives you the time to arrange a better environment as well as quality interview questions.
So, when the candidate appears for the session, they can trust your organization, and you can test their skills. Which, as a result, allows you to hire a star performer.
(6) And provides the first-hand idea about candidate’s discipline
For a thriving organization, it’s essential that its employees are disciplined and punctual. And by providing a self-appointment scheduling system, you can measure an individual candidate’s punctuality.
If they arrive at the right time, the time they’d chosen, for the interview, you can guess the candidate is not only punctual but also able to fulfill his commitment.
However, if the candidate makes you wait for the interview to start, you can conclude that this particular candidate will give you and the colleagues a hard time to show some punctuality if hired.
This all can be done if you use a WordPress Datepicker on your interview appointment form. These all seem little or nothing, but everything matters for a growing company in the long term.
Want to know how you can implement a WordPress datepicker, move on to the next section.
How To Add WordPress Datepicker on Your Interview Appointment Form
It’s a free WordPress plugin that converts simple input fields into a date picker calendar with a time range using CSS Selectors.
Plus, it comes with several features that make this plugin the perfect choice for WordPress users to install it on their sites and create date time picker fields.
Some of the key features are —
- Multiple date time picker themes
- Multiple Language Support
- Prevent Keyboard Edit
- Disable Past Dates
- Define time intervals
- Minimum & Maximum Time
- Disable Week Days
- And a lot more, find everything on the plugin’s page.
Now, follow the steps to install and use it for good.
Step 1: Install the Plugin
On your WordPress Dashboard, go to Plugins → Add New.
Then, search Date and Time Picker.
Install and activate the plugin mentioned in the above image. Once the plugin is installed and activated, move to the next step.
Step 2: Define CSS Selector & Rules
Now, on your WordPress Dashboard, you’ll see a new menu titled Input WP.
Click it to open further settings and options to convert an input field into a date time picker field.
Here, you’ll get multiple options to turn an input field into a date calendar and time picker. If you want to turn the input field into a date calendar, then choose Date Picker.
And if you want to turn the input field as Time picker, then choose Time Picker.
Or, if you want both, then choose Date and Time Picker.
After that, head over to the CSS Selector section and input your Class Name or Field ID.
Once you’ve entered the class name or field id, click Save. Then, explore other settings and define rules for your date and time picker field.
Step 3: Assign Class Name or Field ID
After defining your class name or field id, create a new form or edit an existing one.
Then go to the input field, which you want to convert as the date and time picker, and assign the class name or field id you’ve entered in the CSS Selector.
If you’re using Contact Form 7, then follow this guide to create a WordPress datepicker.
Or, if you’re using a Divi form module, then this guide will help you successfully create a datepicker interview appointment form.
After assigning the class name or field id, save your form, and check it. It will work like the below illustration.
That’s it; you’ve successfully added a WordPress Datepicker interview appointment form on your company website.
A WordPress Datepicker is an intuitive approach to create an interview appointment form with a date calendar and time range.
I believe this blog post has helped you understand its key aspects and the benefits of using it over a simple form with input fields.
Follow the mentioned steps to convert your input field to a datepicker calendar with a time range.
And if you face any issues, let us know in the comments. We are always happy to assist you!