Work from home is one the rise. And while remote jobs are growing since 2005, COVID-19 has accelerated the trend. Having said that, virtual recruitment is here to stay, and companies of all stripes must embrace the change.
At The Arete Group, we help manufacturing and packaging companies in Texas recruit the best talent. Click here to learn how we do this. And today, we will list down best practices for virtual hiring in 2020 and beyond.
Why Hire Virtually?
Even if a pandemic didn’t force our hand, virtual hiring would still have caught up sooner or later. The technology that empowers remote employment is getting better by the day, and businesses have a lot to benefit from the new work models.
For one thing, it is cheaper and faster to hire and get employees on board with virtual processes. Not to mention, companies can literally scout talent from around the world. For employees, this arrangement allows them to gain global exposure without emigrating.
For all these reasons, you should be proactive in streamlining your virtual recruitment processes as 2020 draws to a close. Here are some actionable tips to get you going in the right direction.
1. Qualify Your Applicants
To start off, you should have detailed job descriptions to reduce unqualified applicants. This means you have to clearly state the essential requirements, certifications, skills, experience, etc. that are absolutely necessary for the role.
2. Boost Employer Branding
Secondly, employer branding will replace office walk-throughs as recruitment goes virtual. So make the best of your company’s website and social media pages to help potential candidates get an accurate idea of the company culture and facilities. Most job seekers research companies online before applying, so do pay attention to how you brand yourself.
3. Leverage Social Media
This follows from the previous point. You should consider approaching candidates that engage with your social accounts. However, don’t interact in the comments section. Instead, reach out through direct message.
4. Go For Live Video
Currently, virtual recruitment practices combine both pre-recorded and live videos. Companies will have to embrace live video interviews, which is also something most candidates prefer.
Live video calls add a human touch to the digital process and allow employers to gauge candidates’ personality and enthusiasm. This brings us to our final point.
5. Prioritize Soft Skills
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Job roles are changing rapidly every day, but the ‘soft skills’ underlying them remain all the more critical.
These skills include openness to new ideas, ability to learn fast, responding to challenges, effective communication, relationship management, and teamwork/collaboration. Prioritize these qualities when screening and interviewing candidates online.
These are some effective ways to make the best of virtual recruitment for your company.
Partnering with The Arete Group will give you the added advantage of getting the right applicants screened for the job while you focus on virtual interviews and onboarding. Click here to learn about our recruiting solutions in Texas.