Recruiting and Engaging Candidates in a More Virtual World

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Remote Employee Recruitment and Engagement

With more employees now working remotely during this unprecedented time, it can be a challenge for many organizations to recruit and engage candidates in a more virtual world. Some companies have implemented a hiring freeze while others have adopted new virtual practices to fill job roles. Here are a few tips and strategies to help you recruit and keep candidates engaged in the process while adapting to this new normal.

Update email templates

Review and update any email templates that your company has prepared for recruiting new candidates. It’s a good idea to communicate any expectations up-front. Add new policies or restrictions in regards to interview attendance. What should interview candidates do if they have recently traveled or are feeling sick?

Using email campaigns is a great way to communicate with candidates and keep them aware of the situation. As face-to-face interactions may be limited, you can also promote your company culture by sharing videos that your organization has created and showcase any available opportunities while highlighting the positive aspects of working at the company.

If you are onboarding a new employee, keep them informed before their start date. Share any updates or policies ahead of time so they can be better prepared once they start the position, whether that is in person or remotely.

Deepen your candidate pool

Remote work comes with the advantage of being able to hire talent without a geographical constraint. To increase the pool of applicants and increase your chances of finding a great team member, consider tagging the location on job posts as “remote.”

Virtual Career Fairs

Take advantage of the fact that summer is coming and students will be looking for summer term opportunities. Set up a virtual career fair for interested candidates. It’s a great way to introduce them to different facets of the business. You can also send a survey as a good way to follow up with potential candidates.

Video interviews

To help keep social distancing measures, your company can leverage video interviewing software through many programs available via the web. The only thing that you and the candidate will require is a device with a camera and microphone and a stable internet connection.

Automating the interview process

You can automate parts of the interview process to allow you to focus on communication with the candidate while the other work happens in the background. For example, you can set automation for the following scenarios:

  • Screened CVs by HR can be automatically sent to the hiring manager
  • Trigger automated self-scheduling of interviews after CV feedback from managers
  • Maximize the use of interview feedback forms by uploading interview notes into a candidate tracking program
  • Reference collection can be automated for easy access
  • Use eSignature programs

Once you’ve found the right candidate for the job, you’ll need to send an offer letter. Traditionally, offer letters have been signed in-person, but if you are hiring remotely, you’ll need a way to have the offer letter signed virtually. For example, DocuSign provides an easy way to have documents signed virtually by candidates and managers without the need to scan or upload files.

Hiring and growing the business doesn’t have to come to a hard stop during the quarantine. You can take advantage of technologies that allow for remote employee recruitment. As with anything that requires change, it may take some time to adjust to new strategies and processes when it comes to remote hiring. For advice or additional support with remote employee recruitment, contact Pivot HR Services.

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