No doubt about it, 2020 has been a wild ride — and there’s still more than four months to go. The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the world upside down, and created new trends in recruiting and staffing along the way.
It pretty much goes without saying that you had to make adjustments to your planned recruiting strategy for 2020. Business as normal likely won’t return anytime soon, so it’s important to be cognizant of current hiring trends.
Prepare for 2021 With These 4 Recruiting Trends
Remote Work Surges in Popularity
When at all possible, companies have allowed their employees to work from home during the pandemic. Some enjoyed this benefit prior to COVID-19, but many others had little-to-no experience with it.
Employees are enjoying the flexibility of remote work, as it allows them to have a more balanced lifestyle. Therefore, expect the number of remote positions to increase, as people become more used to them.
For example, 75% of people working remotely would like to continue to do so at least occasionally post-pandemic, and 54% would like this to be their main way of working, according to a 2020 IBM survey.
More Virtual Interviews
Since remote work has dramatically risen in popularity, employers have had to go remote with their interview strategy. This approach will likely stick around in 2021, as companies continue allowing employees to work remotely.
Videoconferencing tools like Zoom, Skype, and Google Hangouts will allow employers to connect with candidates face-to-face, without being in the same physical location.
Skills Assessments Become Commonplace
Candidates can claim to have a certain skillset, but it’s impossible to truly understand the depth of their abilities without seeing them in action. Technology has made it much easier to administer skills tests — from anywhere — so an increasing number of employers are investing in this measure.
This can be especially helpful for virtual candidates, as it allows employers to thoroughly vet them from anywhere.
Enhanced Candidate Experience
Unfortunately, the unemployment rate has reached record levels multiple times in 2020. This means employers are receiving higher volumes of resumes for open positions, but that doesn’t necessarily make it any easier to find the right fit. A slow or particularly uninviting hiring process frequently causes top talent to move on, so companies are making meaningful changes.
Adjustments like a more transparent hiring timeline, increased communication, and better technology are helping employers attract better talent and get them on board.
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