The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has proved incredibly challenging in every aspect of life. Corporations have been forced to lay off employees or support a hybrid work environment. However, companies are now modifying the work dynamic to retain their employees and also make them return to the office. But when it comes to hiring new employees, the human resource and the recruitment team are continuously upgrading and optimizing their recruitment strategy to hire new talented employees.
Today’s blog post will highlight some of the best ways to optimize the recruitment process post-pandemic.
Leverage virtual recruitment:
The traditional recruitment process might not completely help you to hire talented candidates in this current scenario. So switch to virtual technology and leverage the use of video interviews. The AI-based assessment is also effective in hiring candidates with the right potential and attitude. Also using technological tools like Zoom, Skype, WebX, and Skype are some of the most convenient solutions to conduct interviews. You may also consider using HR technology tools such as my Interview and Outmatch to process quality interviews.
Emphasize remote hiring:
The pandemic has led to an upsurge in the remote working culture. Such a massive change in the work landscape has encouraged the feasibility of remote work. Therefore, your recruitment strategy must allow the potential candidate to know about your work-from-home policy, especially after the pandemic. You may consider refreshing the existing job postings to gain more traction.
Review the recruitment process:
Conducting an audit of the recruitment process will help to fine-tune the hiring system. The procedures should be in sync with the organizational recruitment goals. Right from evaluating how candidates will be screened and assessed to how to improve the selection process are some of the important strategies to optimize the recruitment process and hire the right talent.
Vet your candidates well:
Avoid asking stereotype questions like –
- Why should we hire you?
- Tell us something about yourself.
- What is your biggest weakness?
Instead, consider asking thought-provoking and situational questions like-
- How do you plan to contribute to the team?
- How would you manage your work in case of a natural disaster?
- How would you support your team during an emergency?
This will help you in understanding the coping qualities of a candidate and his dedication to his work and team.
Focus on the skills of the candidates:
Fluent communication is an important criterion in the recruitment process. Client interaction can make or break a deal. So it is extremely important for the hiring team to focus on the soft skills of the candidates especially if they’re working remotely. The traditional approach of focusing only on the roles you’re hiring may not help in exploring the other skills of a candidate.
So the objective should be to hire people who will be able to efficiently deliver productivity even when given the liberty to work from home.
The hiring team will have to adopt a collaborative and flexible approach to talent acquisition, to underpin the organization’s brand and keep hiring the top talents.