The business world has changed rapidly since the outbreak of coronavirus, and is likely to keep changing for some time to come. A big part of those shifts is the ways in which companies are able to hire: Those still in a position to do so - of which there are many, despite the headlines - must dramatically alter their strategies.
The following issues are all things you should keep in mind as you progress through the hiring process under this ever-evolving situation:
1) You might not be able to count on more candidates
In the past few weeks, millions of millions of Americans have filed for unemployment, but that might not mean you're going to face a surge in new applicants for your open positions, according to Fast Company. Layoffs are affecting some industries more than others, and that could mean you don't see a proportionate increase in candidates to screen; in fact, because of fears of job security overall, many workers may be more content to wait and see how things progress before they start a spring job search.
2) Onboarding will be very different
When you're thinking about bringing new workers onboard at this time, you'll have to keep in mind that your traditional way of getting them into the fold will have to be quite different from how it used to be, Fast Company added. That means not just how you make hiring decisions (especially if that's usually a collaborative process), but also how those new hires will be onboarded. As such, you need to have a new process in place before you finalize any decisions.
3) Video interviews will be the norm
It goes without saying that most job interviews will now be conducted via phone (likely a normal part of your existing processes) and video chat (relatively new), according to the Society for Human Resource Management. For that reason, it's critical for you to shift your expectations for how those meetings will go; there may be more hiccups, different approaches from candidates, the need for better communications between decision makers and so on.
4) You have to test your technology
If you're using new video conferencing platforms, you need to make sure everyone who will be sitting in on interviews is well-versed with using them, the SHRM noted. Consequently, the people conducting those interviews should do test runs with the platforms before talking to candidates, so all interviews go as smoothly as possible. That will help ensure both the company and the candidate is able to make the best impression.
5) Hiring managers will have more flexibility
When you're not bringing individual people into the office for meetings that can last at least an hour, that requires a lot of scheduling and coordination, but all that can become easier when you're all working from home, according to Yello. This, in turn, may allow you to talk to more candidates in rapid succession, or spend more time with each person. That kind of wiggle room could really help nail down which candidate will be best for the job.