How to Recruit Again!
Even though are facing unrepresented times, there are still great candidates out there to hire to help your business
If you are wondering how you are able to recruit in a time like this then wonder no more. Recruiting during lockdown is something that can actually benefit your business. This time could, for many, actually be the best time to carry out interviews and process candidates. It can offer many businesses more flexibility and opportunities with hiring and candidates’ availability. With the amount of people working from home, or being furloughed, has increased the number of candidates who are available than usual. There is also the new 19-24 kick start Government scheme that allows employers to claim back wages of young people newly employed by businesses. All in the aid to help fill positions that may have been lost because of the pandemic. Businesses can also use this time to get ahead. You can look to see what candidates are out there and how other businesses are doing. You might be able to talk directly with people to find out if they will be looking for new opportunities.
Candidates have also more time on their hands to improve their skills or retrain. With online courses offering a wide variety of areas to gain skills in, the candidates that are now available are more likely to be more skilled than before. Candidates that have retrained will have a wide range of skills and past experience to draw from. There will also be the fresh candidates that are eager to show their skills and can easily fit into the work place. Taking fresh candidates at this time means that you can form them to fill what your business needs are now and will ensure any skills gaps you have are covered. It’s important not to rule anyone out of your recruiting process, otherwise you may find you missed out on a great and unexpected opportunity.
With interviews happening for every job level, what can you put in place to ensure you get the maximum out of you recruiting experience:
Finding the candidates you are looking for in a crowed market can be challenging, but there are ways to attract the best candidates. Making sure your adverts are well written and they outline the organisation and what you offer.
“Candidates will then do their own research, so make sure your company website and social media channels are up to date,” “If you haven’t got a dedicated careers section on your website, set up a page on your site where potential employees can find out more about your business.”
You could also approach places that have candidates ready and are waiting to start jobs. Recruiters or training providers have skilled candidates that have the right qualifications and the knowledge for the roles you need to fill.
Treating virtual interviews the same way you would treat a face-to-face interview. Even though it might be slightly trickier for candidates, battling the nerves and technology, it is still the best way you can understand your new potential employees. You will be able to see more people from a more varied locations as people don’t have the added pressure of travelling into your location. It’s also important to plan the flow and questions in advance. “Remember that video calls are not the same as a face-to-face scenario and you need to allow breaks in your questions to allow the interviewee the opportunity to speak clearly, and make sure to give them the opportunity to finish before jumping in with the next question.” – James Digiunaitis
Managing the process will be the key to your success. While teams are working remotely it puts different pressures on processes and can make things take longer than expected. Maintaining contact with candidates will ensure that they are still engaged with the process and have a touch point in case they have questions in between the stages of the interview process. This could involve home-base tasks as part of the interview or a video meeting with other employees, so the candidate and the business can get the maximum out of the process. It’s important to have realistic timescales and to be transparent as the way the candidate is treated during the process will reflect how they will preserve the business.
It is going to be a challenging process to start with but finding companies that make it easier to find the right candidates for vacancies, will go a long way to making that process go a lot smoother. At Free2learn our mission is to provide and promote opportunities for personal and professional growth for any job seeker and employer to combat unemployment. We would love to have partnerships with companies during this challenging time to keep Britain’s work force and the economy going strong. The Employability department is proud to support all our learners on their journey towards their future career and to help employers to find the right candidate fast and efficiently for their company. With a wide range of skills and qualifications employers are looking for. Contact us today to find out more about how we can assist you with your recruitment needs. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8525 9430