The COVID-19 Pandemic Has Changed Recruiting. Is Your Business Being Left Behind?

The COVID-19 pandemic made one thing clear; the tried-and-true recruitment techniques of yesteryear aren’t enough in today’s climate. Even when unemployment soared, it didn’t impact all sectors equally. While professionals from certain fields flooded the market, other specialties remained hard to find.

Plus, some industries thrived, even during stay-at-home orders. As a result, many companies couldn’t afford to put their hiring on pause.

Whether your business remained fully operational or you need to augment your workforce as you reopen, having the right employees by your side is essential. If you want to make sure your recruitment practices will work in today’s landscape, here are some best practices you need to embrace.

Video Interviews Are a Must

Even as many states reopen, limiting contact is still recommended. Since people are trying to keep their distance, having an alternative to the in-person interview available is a must.

While phone interviews can be appropriate as a screening tool, when it comes to candidate selection, video is the better option. It gives you a chance to interact and connect with a job seeker on a different level, mimicking the traditional experience more closely than a phone call can.

Make sure you have a robust and reliable video conferencing solution available, as well as all of the supporting technologies. Superior video and audio quality are both musts, as it ensures you can communicate with the candidate clearly and make a positive impression.

Focus on Different Soft Skills

Finding candidates with the right soft skills isn’t a new practice. However, which ones you view as a priority may need to shift.

Since many professionals are working remotely now, and may continue to do so for the foreseeable future, you need to make sure candidates have what it takes to thrive in that paradigm. Tech-savviness is vital for all employees, including those in non-tech roles, and telecommuting relies heavily on technology.

Many professionals are working without direct oversight. As a result, accountability, self-motivation, and time management are also crucial.

Make sure you consider which soft skills provide the most value when employees are working remotely. That way, you can focus on candidates who have the ability to thrive in the current environment.

Try Temp-to-Hire Arrangements

Hiring at this time is incredibly challenging, especially if a role is likely to change as reopening efforts continue. For example, a position that’s remote today may be returning to the workplace in a week, a month, or a few months down the line. A new hire that thrives when telecommuting may struggle once they are in the office. If you make that discovery late, it could be detrimental.

Luckily, by using temp-to-hire arrangements, you can take that into consideration. Instead of bringing the employee onto your permanent team right away, they remain on a recruitment agency’s payroll in the beginning.

This allows you to see how the employee performs before extending a formal offer. Plus, it potentially gives you the ability to delay offering them the job until that position returns to the workplace. Then, you can gauge the candidate’s capabilities in the regular work environment, allowing you to make informed decisions before bringing them on board permanently.

If you would like to explore temp-to-hire options, the team at CPS Recruitment can help. Contact us today and see how our services can benefit you.

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