The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting every industry, and recruitment has been forced to shift too. Potential candidates cannot easily travel, and most people are avoiding the kind of one-on-one interactions on which typical recruitment relies. Virtual recruiting is the new normal for 2020 and possibly beyond, and we have tips to make it work.
- Transition with a Plan
You know how your conventional recruiting works — now it’s time to switch those in-person tasks to a virtual approach. Map out your typical process and find swaps, such as conducting a virtual career fair versus an in-person event (more on that below). You will need to transition quickly, so focus on the most impactful steps to keep recruiting functional.
- Get Buy-In
During the coronavirus pandemic, there is little choice than remote, virtual recruiting, but you may still face some challenges getting those with an old-school mindset to get on board. Often, all it takes is a bit of education and show-and-tell. Explain how the tech works and the process of virtual recruiting. Answer any questions or concerns. Have anyone in your organization experienced in or excited about remote recruiting be your champions.
- Let People Know You Are Hiring
With all that is happening in the world, people might think you are no longer hiring or recruiting. It’s important to get the word out that you are still moving forward with candidates.
- Consider Virtual Events
College and university recruitment is usually happening at this time of year, as are job fairs and other events. To replace these events, consider a virtual event. With the right tech, you can host your own virtual fair, connecting with many potential candidates at the same time. You could also join in with other virtual events that are open to recruiters.
- Prepare Candidates for Virtual Interviews
Virtual recruiting is new to candidates, too. Help them succeed by sharing your tips. It’s a good idea to test their internet connection and the software you will be using for the interview. And find a quiet place to talk.
- Understand Numbers May Drop
Even with all of this work, you can reasonably anticipate a dip in recruitment. People are anxious about the economy, their work decisions, and making changes in light of COVID-19. Don’t panic — eventually, the uncertainty will fade and you will get more candidates.
- Invest in Technology That Helps
Remote recruiting relies on technology, so it’s time to invest in the platforms and software that make your job easier. Our system works to cut down on time-consuming, repetitive processes while offering further insight into candidates. You will be able to match the right applicant to the right job, ensuring everyone is satisfied.