How COVID-19 is Changing Recruitment for the Better

If you’re one of the companies still hiring in the midst of the pandemic, more likely than not, things are looking very different today than they were 2 or 3 weeks ago. From everything between how you’re looking for talent through to the interview and onboarding processes, the need for personal distancing is impacting recruiting in every possible way, and just how much will depend on your industry.

While some industries such as tourism and hospitality are on a complete pause, others such as healthcare, retail, logistics, telecom are booming.  We at CTO Boost have been seeing an unprecedented influx of needs in these industries since everyone is getting everything delivered to their homes.

A REDEFINED CANDIDATE POOL

The first change is how companies find candidates. Due to personal distancing, many are pulling back on large-scale advertising, limiting their geographic search parameters.  The practice of social distancing is also looking to be positive for internal candidates as many have put a freeze on external hiring and repurpose their internal people.

We are also seeing a rise in temporary placements as gig workers are being pulled in to bridge the gap.

A NEW INTERVIEW PROCESS

The interview process is also changing, going from in-person to video platforms like Zoom. Face-to-face interviews don’t exist anymore, and everybody’s fine with video interviews.

How a company adapts its interview process can be a clue to its culture.  We are seeing a lot of flexibility from our clients where as a few weeks ago our clients were giving interviewees the option of either interviewing in person or virtually.  Some companies are letting people start a few months later if that helps them. The biggest question on people’s minds right now about switching jobs is will their new management be reasonable if something comes up. By accommodating different comfort levels, companies aren’t just saying they have a good culture; they’re showing it.

NEW ONBOARDING

After a candidate is hired, the onboarding process is a crucial component of the process and today, that’s becoming virtual also. The biggest change here is in the new management style that’s needed. When you are onboarding a new team member, it’s about bonding and immersing the new hire into the group.  When you’re dealing with working remotely, it creates a challenge.  Companies need to have resources readily available and HR managers are assisting in helping new team members create routines that will ensure their success.  Some companies are using virtual tours to share the physical offices, planning virtual team lunches for the first day.

WILL THESE CHANGES BE PERMANENT?

The way most people work literally changed overnight, and the new processes may become permanent.  In the past, many enterprises were uncomfortable with remote working even though the technology to support it has been around for a long time.  Today, it’s a necessity for survival and continuing the remote work policies will show trust as well as reduce costly overheads especially if they’re getting the same level of productivity.