“The show must go on”, said Freddie Mercury. And while he was referring to triumph over heartbreak rather than a novel coronavirus, the words still resonate. Despite the economic challenges presented by COVID-19, businesses will continue to face staffing and recruitment needs.
But with public health authorities worldwide advocating social distancing as the best way to contain the outbreak, how can you ensure that you continue to source the best talent for your organization when in-person interviews and meetings just aren’t possible? In an uncertain economy, hiring the right person for the role the first time around is more important than ever – how do you know you’re making that right hire?
Recruiting Remotely During The Coronavirus Outbreak
The good news? Communication technology has made it easier than ever to connect with applicants. From Skype to Zoom to Bluejeans, there’s a platform for nearly every budget to enable you to continue recruitment activities and meet staffing needs – even if you’re working from home.
Live video interviews allow you to ‘meet’ prospective hires anywhere in the world and discuss your needs in real time. They’re more likely to lead to the right hire for the job than a phone call, and candidates prefer them.
Asynchronous video interviews, where applicants respond to a set of pre-set questions in a one-way recording, save valuable screening time. Teams in multiple locations can collaborate on the hiring process without multiple rounds of interviews.
Virtual career fairs ensure continued access to the global talent pool without extensive in-person contact or unnecessary travel.
Online job postings remain a cost-effective way to engage with candidates around the world.
Overcoming Remote Recruitment Challenges
It’s comforting to know that tools exist to overcome recruitment challenges during the coronavirus outbreak. Guaranteeing the perfect fit, however, may require additional screening and evaluation solutions.
The drawbacks? While using video in remote recruitment does increase the quality of information available when assessing a candidate, it still falls short of a face-to-face encounter – especially when it comes to evaluating ‘fit’.
Some candidates just don’t shine on screen the way they do in personal conversation. You risk overlooking a hidden gem, or even allowing unconscious bias to affect your decision-making.
Companies using asynchronous interviews also lose the opportunity to evaluate a candidate’s organic communication style. And relying on applicant-recorded responses to pre-set questions also means that, unless you ask the right question in the right way, you might miss out on a great hire.
Job posting websites like LinkedIn, Glassdoor and Indeed are a natural source of skilled applicants, but a high volume of responses can make thorough, accurate screening difficult. LinkedIn alone gains two new users every second! Without effective and efficient screening tools, you may experience significant lag in time to hire while trying to find the most qualified candidate.
Using AI to Maximize Remote Recruiting Success
Artificial intelligence solutions can help you fill the gaps in your remote recruitment efforts while you navigate public health and safety requirements.
Tailored personality assessments, such as Cangrade’s Success Models, can supplement live video interviews, giving you specific, actionable insights into a candidate’s personality and strengths.
Our solutions are up to four times more reliable than traditional screening methods in evaluating candidates for success within your organization. You get the best fit for the job the first time you hire.
They’re also guaranteed bias-free.
Now more than ever, companies will need to exercise their creativity in recruiting. Cangrade’s Success Models can help.