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October 19, 2021
How to adapt your hiring strategy during the pandemic?
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed everything about the way you recruit new talent for your company. That means you must change your hiring strategies as your former processes may not work moving forward. Now it’s a good time to review your recruiting processes and see where you can adapt so your hiring transition is smoother.
In the following Talent2Win article, we will share with you some ideas on how your company can make changes to improve its hiring process during the pandemic.
1. Build a pipeline of high-quality candidates
Even though everything has changed with hiring, there’s still a quality pool of candidates out there looking for new opportunities. One of the best ways of ensuring those candidates will be available for you is to build an effective talent pipeline.
Your company may be in the midst of a hiring freeze or experiencing a slowdown to fill new positions. That doesn’t mean you should stop recruiting. Pipelines help bridge gaps in hiring during the pandemic so you can create pools of candidates you can hire once your hiring freeze is lifted.
Pipelines also allow you to jump back into the hiring process without having to start over. They can reduce the cost of hiring and lead to much faster times to hire. Working with a recruitment agency can improve hiring processes even more because agencies have already created pipelines of candidates.
2. Create deeper connections with top talent
If you are in a hiring freeze and leaving positions open longer than usual, it’s time to do outreach to your candidates. Staying connected with the top talent is extremely important for many reasons.
First, you’ll want those candidates when your hiring opens up. Second, you’ll have already had introductory conversations and communications, so you move forward with hiring quickly when your company is ready. And you won’t have to worry about a candidate feeling ignored.
Talent networks can be a great place to find your next hire, too. You may have job openings where your networks can help you fill roles quickly. That type of hiring will reduce the time to hire and also reduce costs. Your company benefits because the recommendations come from people who understand your vision and values.
3. Use better metrics to gauge success
Now is an excellent time to review your recruiting and hiring process. You want to make sure you are using the right metrics to gauge your success. While time to hire might be higher because of the company hiring policies, metrics like time to productivity, onboarding and retention are crucial to your success.
While things may have slowed down due to the pandemic, that doesn’t mean your recruitment process grinds to a halt. Instead, it affords your team new opportunities to identify what’s worked in the past and what you need to improve.
You can create a new set of priorities that can guide you as you search for new talent, as well as examining the challenges that have caused issues in the past.
4. Leverage technology better
Is your company using technology to help you find the best candidates? The top recruiting firms will use artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data along with real-time monitoring software to stay on top of searches. Whether you use a recruiting firm or not, you want to have these capabilities to find the best talent out there.
You should review your tech stack too. Video and chat are as essential as email now. Your vendors should be improving their platforms to accommodate the realities of the business world also.
Your tech will play a significant role as your company continues to use digital approaches to find new hires. Furthermore, you will want to be able to make a great impression on your candidates when you do interviews. Finally, you will want to make sure your tech is easy to work with, and your candidates will have no problems using it.
5. Take advantage of the market
Now is a good time to reassess your hiring strategy for the pandemic and beyond. While passive candidates should still be approached, excellent candidates who are new to the market because of a layoff or a company going out of business are out there waiting to be hired.
You can adapt your hiring strategy to get them. Recruitment agencies can be excellent sources to find those new candidates because recruiters may already be helping them find companies or industries where to work.
COVID may have changed everything, but that doesn’t mean changing your strategy is bad as you hire new employees in the future.
At Talent2Win, we strive to align your company’s business objectives with the best Talent Acquisition strategies available. If you want to learn more about the services we offer, do not hesitate to contact us.