Perhaps one of the most enduring legacies of the COVID-19 pandemic is remote work. In early 2020, seemingly overnight, thousands of workers were sent home to work to protect operations and employee health.
Even as the pandemic subsides and businesses reopen their doors, remote work isn’t going anywhere. That’s because there are various benefits that come with allowing employees to work from home—not least of which is expanded talent pools. In fact, remote work has proven so successful that the majority of employers have said they intend to keep it around.
According to a recent Indeed report, 94% of surveyed employers said they’re open to hiring outside their current markets, and 77% said their workplaces are open to remote employees.
With remote work becoming a new standard, employers may benefit from strengthening their virtual recruiting efforts. After all, without candidates coming into the workplace, this process will serve 3 as a critical first impression and influence how potential hires view the organization.
Below are three tips to help polish the virtual recruiting experience:
1. Make Screening Straightforward
Many applicants don’t want to spend time on long application processes, especially if they’re applying to multiple businesses. Employers can help speed up initial screening by focusing solely on skill sets, not other resume aspects. Afterward, employers can go over other criteria with the screened employees without wasting time on candidates without the right skills.
2. Showcase the Organization
A virtual interview is a chance for an employer to show off their organization. Without remote employees coming into the workplace, this is an opportunity to show them around virtually. As such, employers can consider prerecording videos that include tours and staff testimonials. This will help give the candidate a better sense of the company and its culture.
3. Keep Candidates Informed
Transparency is key throughout the virtual recruitment experience. Candidates should know exactly what is expected of them and when they’ll be informed about the next steps in the process. Employers can do this by sending proactive and regular updates to the candidate. Doing so can also help keep the person engaged and mitigate the chances of them dropping out of the interview process.
Of course, countless other strategies can also help strengthen virtual recruiting for an organization. Reach out to HR Elements for more tips and recruitment strategies.