Uncertainty leads to chaos, but it doesn’t always have to be so. Even as the Covid19 pandemic pushes our limits, the recruitment industry can ensure business continuity using virtual recruiting strategies. In fact, one can even say that it is even more imperative for recruiters to step on the accelerator right now. Layoffs are everywhere, and recruiters will be the ones to break the news to most people. However, it’s not all dull and gloomy. As the saying goes, “If you want to see the sunshine, you have to weather the storm.” Right now is the time for recruiters to come up with innovative recruitment methods that will help the company lift up as soon as the situation improves. Like most others, recruiters are also working from home, and now is the best time to implement all the modern recruitment techniques that may not have been possible during the hustle and bustle of older times. Here are some ways recruiters can expand their horizons during Covid-19. Communicating with Candidates When uncertainty strikes, communication halts. About 82 percent of companies are looking at a decline in external hiring in the next three months. For the recruitment industry, if there’s no hiring going on, there’s no communication with candidates. But, right now is the best time for recruiters to build a long-lasting relation with candidates. Now is the time to just strike up a conversation with eligible candidates when the market sentiments are low. Look up quality candidates, establish a bond with them and keep in touch so that when the market opens up, you have potential candidates ready to take up the offer. When you call without an agenda, it elevates your importance in the candidate’s eye. Virtual recruiting strategies will play a key role in nurturing quality candidates and building the right bridges. Study Company Requirements Recruitment during uncertain times, such as the current Covid19 crisis, can be difficult for recruiters to wrap their heads around. Hiring has frozen in many places, and companies are restructuring portfolios. However, there are opportunities to be found here, as well. Most businesses are now focusing on new business strategies that will involve a realignment of roles and requirements in the future. Recruiters can spend time with various departmental managers to understand future business prospects and come up with innovative recruitment methods. Here are some checkpoints:
- What does the company’s future look like?
- What kind of growth is expected?
- What new roles will be required?
- What new skills should candidates have?
- What benefits can the company offer in the new work environment?
- Find a quiet space without any background noise or distractions
- Schedule times that are convenient for you as well as the candidate
- Prefer video calls at all times
- Always be presentable when interviewing via video