The world is currently facing unprecedented times brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. Organisations are facing their own challenges, with some being forced to shut down temporarily while others have had to work out the way forward given the situation.
For those businesses who have needed to fill positions recently, the hiring process has had to undergo a makeover. Most organisations have had to do recruitment planning as hiring can’t simply be put on hold until the pandemic is over. At the moment, there is no clear end in sight.
This article will discuss some effective ways that will allow you to recruit top talents during a crisis such as the Covid-19 pandemic.
Build A New Recruitment Plan
You need to build a new recruitment plan to attract top candidates during a crisis. According to a study conducted by Jobvite, 84% of organisations are now changing their recruitment strategies to accommodate more remote processes and candidates.
The current pandemic may well last for a long time, and remote work may become an intrinsic part of our daily life. If you do not come up with a new recruitment plan, you may miss out on top candidates.
The Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in many talented people being retrenched due to a decrease in the operations of various organisations. In fact, top talent who would not normally be in the market are now seeking new opportunities during the pandemic.
The following steps will help you in building a new recruitment strategy:
- Analyse your current recruitment planning steps. Which steps can be done using tools such as emails, chatbots, social media or videos?
- Identify the tools that are currently available at your organisation and those which you need during the crisis.
- Engage with leadership to start making changes in the recruitment process to provide a positive employee experience to the candidates.
Get Familiar With Video Interviews
Since the current Covid-19 pandemic requires social distancing as a means to prevent the spread of the virus, it is advisable to conduct all interviews via video applications. There are various applications that you use, including Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts, or Microsoft Teams.
The study by Jobvite showed that 80% of recruiters are now using videos in the interview process. To ensure that your hiring process goes well, you need to send candidates the login details to the video interview well in advance. This will give them time to get familiar with the platform or install any tool which they may need for the video interview.
Just as you would in a face-to-face interview, prepare questions to ask the candidates ahead of time. You also need to check that your camera and microphone are working properly before the interview.
When the candidates come online for the interview, try to make them comfortable by smiling and starting with some general greetings. Also, make sure that you ask them if they are comfortable with you recording the video interview. In this way, you can always go back to the video recording to find important details that you may have missed during the live interview.
Engage With Recruitment Technology
HR software powered by Artificial Intelligence (AI) or Machine Learning (ML) is increasingly being used globally. The technology and tools it provides makes the recruitment process more efficient during a crisis which requires more of it to take place online.
For instance, AI can assist in the candidate screening and application process. Or staged personality tests can qualify candidates to move onto the next interview level. This will free up your recruitment planning team members who can then devote that time to work on more complex issues which require human interaction.
Create An Interactive Online Onboarding Programme
Once you have hired top candidates during a crisis, you need to be able to retain them at your organisation. The onboarding process is a crucial component in ensuring that candidates will be productive and content within your organisation.
Remote working is not an excuse to skip the onboarding programme. You need to ensure that your onboarding programme is interactive and that your new employees are connected and engaged.
You can also assign a buddy to a new employee, just like how you would do during ‘normal’ days. A buddy can meet the new employee for a virtual coffee or lunch to provide assistance and guidance on how things work at your organisation.
Effective Recruitment Planning Is Crucial During A Crisis
The current Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way we work. Remote is now the new normal in most companies, with sourcing, recruiting, and working now having to take place online too. A new way of doing things requires careful planning. Importantly, it requires being fluid and adaptive. With the right technology at your disposal, your organisation will be able to continue attracting top talent, even in a crisis.