Even now, in the midst of a global pandemic, it’s still business as usual in the recruitment and selection sector. Organisations are still hiring, and the job market continues to grow – albeit in some industries more than others.
But sourcing candidates in this newly defined marketplace can be challenging.
There’s lots of factors to take into consideration, as well as red tape and restrictions that HR online professionals now face.
Prior to the pandemic, and the rise in remote working, the essential characteristics of candidates focused on personality traits.
Good social and communication skills, personal likeability and charisma were all highly sought-after traits. It stands to reason when social interaction, networking and relationships formed such a large part of our working day.
Of course, things are a little different now… and as a result, so is the recruitment process and candidate criteria.
As we navigate the ‘new normal’ of 2021, there are three characteristics that have come to the fore:
Hiring managers must therefore amend their selection criteria to select candidates with the above three personal qualities.
Interviews are an essential part of the recruitment process, but owing to remote working, these are no longer ‘face-to-face’, where the following four channels of communication would typically be available:
>During remote interviews, we lose the very essence of the human-side of decision-making, and the important ‘chemistry’ so often talked about.
With that in mind, remote interview decision-making is today based upon a smaller number of factors. The restricted amount of available information means that recruiters should be better prepared.
One new challenge to be prepared for is the counter-off. Given that many employees were denied bonuses, promotions and pay rises in the past year, this has become a contentious issue.
With the job market in buoyant shape, it’s a candidate led market, meaning that you can easily fall into the dreaded situation of the ‘play-by-play ‘counteroffer, whereby they use alternative job offers to barter for the best deal.
To ensure you don’t fall foul of this, try incorporating these tactics into the recruitment process.
As one of the top recruitment agencies in Dublin, we have first-hand insight about candidates, and understand the complexities of sourcing the right professionals for your business.
These are just a few helpful tips to ensure you get the very best talent, while navigating the challenges of recruiting at this time.