Tips For Remote Recruiting and Interviewing

There’s no doubt that the last couple of years have been a pretty tremendous upheaval in every aspect of society and the business sector was certainly not immune to this, far from it! Millions of people spent the last two years working remotely and businesses had to adjust to this fact. But one thing that doesn’t get discussed nearly enough is the impact that this has had on the recruitment process. Recruiting candidates has always been a complex process but adding in the extra wrinkle of remote recruiting has made things even more complicated. With that in mind, here are just a few tips for improving your remote recruiting process.

Remote Recruiting

Make sure that you understand video interviewing

When it comes to remote recruiting, there are few tools more important than video interviewing. It’s the best possible way to get to know your candidates in the absence of a face-to-face connection. However, it would be a mistake to assume that a video interview and an in-person interview are the same. For one thing, there are technical considerations to make. Is your camera working? How about your microphone? Have you given candidates all of the information they need to get into the call and to let them know the requirements for the interview itself?

It might well be worth practicing video calling prior to conducting any interviews.

Take extra time when remote recruiting

Finding the right candidate for a role is often a matter of getting to know and understand them. This is something that is often a lot harder to do when you’re working remotely. It’s easy to forget just how valuable face-to-face time with a candidate is for coming to understand and connect with them until it’s no longer an option. Because of that, you might want to consider extending your recruitment process a little. You may want to add extra steps into the hiring process or even take longer for an interview than you normally would. Just because you’re not in the same room, doesn’t mean that you still can’t get to know a candidate as well as possible.

Consider a job trial

A trial or assessment is something that more and more businesses should start considering in the age of remote recruiting. It gives you a chance to get to know what a candidate is capable of and can act as an incredibly valuable extra step in the process in the absence of actually being able to directly connect and interface with any potential candidate.

Along with the specific considerations that you have to make when it comes to remote recruiting, don’t forget to remain committed to the important steps of recruitment in general. You still need to make sure that you’re promoting roles for your business in the right places and that you’re making any roles at your company competitive and enticing for potential candidates. Just because we’ve entered a new paradigm when it comes to working methods doesn’t mean that you should forget everything you already know.

Apply many of the same practices you’ve had success with in the past but modify the approach to fit remote recruiting.

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