Covid19 has been identified as a pandemic by the World Health Organization with over two million cases reported in about 180 countries.
In such a situation, if your organization is looking to hire people, your hiring process is likely to be severely impacted.
In order to contain the spread of the virus, many countries have already announced a lockdown, and many companies have adopted “work from home” policy. With such restrictions prevailing across the globe, carrying out conventional face-to-face interviews and on-premise assessments are going to be difficult.
So there is an extreme need to adopt a remote recruitment process so that companies find the right people to fill crucial positions that have to be filled at the earliest.
Hence, the need of the hour is to have the recruiter of an organization and the candidate ‘virtually’ in the same place. How are we going to execute remote recruitment?
How to cope with your hiring process amidst coronavirus pandemic
Let us have a look at the two common recruitment processes followed by the organizations and the possible alternatives in the current situation.
1. Skill Assessment
The fundamental part of a recruitment process is to calibrate the candidate’s proficiency in the skills relevant to the job role the candidate is considered for.
At the moment, conducting skill assessments at your workplace is not going to be feasible. It would be better to go for online assessment software such as SkillRobo to conduct your screenings. This would enable recruiters to conduct assessments and candidates can take up the test from the comfort of their homes.
Recruiters need not worry about the potential chances of candidates’ indulgence in fraudulent activities at the time of the test. Online assessment tools make use of the Cheating prevention feature like using the computer’s camera to monitor the candidate and also detect the change of tabs in the browser.
Hence, any malpractice can be easily identified and discouraged.
2. Online Interviews
Interviews are the most important part of the recruitment process. Candidates are typically interviewed by a member or a panel of members of the organization.
The motive behind conducting an interview is to understand several aspects of the candidate such as strengths, weaknesses, commitment, dedication, emotional intelligence, technical expertise, and a lot more. Interviews usually take place on the company’s premises.
But with the present situation, these interviews need to be conducted remotely without having to get the interviewer and the candidate in the same location. This is possible by means of video interview tools that employ your computer’s webcam or mobile camera to carry out the interview session live.
These tools also provide the option to record the interview so that they can be reviewed for later reference. There are a lot more features with video interview tools that could help you.
After the Recruitment Process
With limited resources available at work, companies that have already hired people but are unable to proceed with the onboarding process could make use of online workflow software like Cflow to automate certain repetitive onboarding processes for the HR team.
Meanwhile, it is also essential to build a rapport with the candidates you have selected. So stay in touch with your “To Be” employees through Email or LinkedIn.
Engage your New Employees with the Pre-onboarding Process
Documents needed at the time of joining could be uploaded well in advance by means of online forms so that a part of the onboarding process is sorted.
Provide soft copies of all the relevant instructions and information that the candidate would need well before the date of joining so that the candidate does not miss out on anything.
Thus we have had a good look at some of the possible workarounds to make sure that your hiring process is not deferred. Evidently, at the time of such a crisis, the technology available in the software market comes as a helping hand for many of our work-related obstacles.
Use technology solutions to keep your company running smoothly.
Let us all stay safe and return to normalcy at the earliest.