The impact of COVID19 has been felt across many business sectors with some sectors such as the travel and hospitality industries taking a big hit while other sectors such as logistics and healthcare seeing a boom in business. The recruitment industry is no exception and quarantine, lockdowns and social distancing measures have affected the recruitment process in several ways. It remains to be seen whether these changes in the recruitment process will be temporary or permanent.
Suffice to say the candidate pool has changed. Companies are looking to hire locally first pausing national and global advertising unless it is for a remote position.
Since most job interviews cannot be carried out face-to-face, most companies are conducting interviews through video conferencing and making arrangements for both their new hires and existing employees to work from home. Remote hiring has therefore seen an increase as this prevents unnecessary travel as well a face-to-face encounters and interactions.
One thing that has become apparent is that the onboarding process is not limited to face-to-face meets. Even though it is a personal process that involves new hires being introduced to the team and an opportunity for them to get a feel of the organizational culture while grasping office etiquette and processes, COVID19 has made recruiters and companies figure out new ways to onboard the new hires. One of the ways is through video conferences on platforms such as Zoom while others are making use of VR technology to give candidates a tour of their facilities to give as much resources and information as possible to make new hires feel like part of the team even though it is remotely.
Since there are layoffs and fewer available job positions due to COVID19, sourcing for the best candidates is becoming more difficult. As a result, less people are willing to change their current employers because in these times, more people value security over the uncertainty that comes with a change in jobs. However, in sectors where top talents fear potential layoffs, they may be open towards new career opportunities.
Since how people work and how companies recruit has changed seemingly overnight, new process could become permanent in some industries. The changes outlined require a greater understanding of credentials, personalities and relationships and how well they marry into the existing organizational culture. Either way, the next year or so will definitely see some changes in the recruiting process as a result of COVID19.