SACRAMENTO - Are you among the millions of Americans hoping to land a seasonal holiday job this year? You might be required to apply through an online kiosk.
The kiosks are an example of how the hiring process is going high tech. Customers typically use them to search inventory and get more information about the store or a product they're about to purchase. But often, the kiosks also allow those seeking employment to apply for jobs.
They're designed in part to help employers streamline the hiring process by requiring applicants to prove that they have a basic understanding of technology. Employers assume that an applicant who can't navigate a kiosk may not be able to use a tablet to assist customers.
The kiosks also allow employers to quickly assess other qualities, including the likelihood that a candidate will be punctual. Applicants are asked questions like, "how important is it for you to be on time?"
Some kiosks also are able to send a text message to managers about job candidates who might be worth hiring on the spot. Through the kiosk process, a job candidate might be able to apply, land an interview in the store and get hired all within an hour.