How COVID Has Affected the Hiring Process

Looking for new ways to recruit candidates? COVID-19 has changed the world, and you have to adapt in any way you can to recruit effectively.

Is It Time to Say Goodbye to the Traditional Hiring Process?

We’re going to frustrate readers right off the bat: we don’t have an answer for this—yet. We don’t have one concrete answer yet because there is no one concrete answer that would readily apply to every company in the country. Each business has unique needs, financial situations, and strategies for how to move forward in the wake of COVID-19. And while your hiring situation is entirely contingent on those factors (and others), there is one universal rule that everyone should follow in the weeks, months, and years to come: be adaptable. 

The pandemic took everyone by surprise (even those who saw it coming perhaps didn’t anticipate how drastic and far-reaching the consequences would be). And the severity with which it impacted your business probably took you by surprise, too. In such a tumultuous, unpredictable situation, you have to be on your toes and ready to change your approach. In this blog, we’ll talk about the three scenarios we’ve seen across the board for businesses with a recruiting profile: 

  • Their needs have increased (more hires) 
  • Business as usual (same amount of hires) 
  • They’re on a hiring freeze (no new hires and maybe layoffs or furloughs)

Each situation means you need to rethink your approach, and we’re here to walk you through each scenario. You can’t predict the future, but you can prepare for how you deal with it. For in-depth planning for your recruiting strategy, Controller’s Group, Inc. is here to help. 

Scenario 1: Your Needs Have Increased

While this may not apply as much to companies looking to hire financial or accounting experts, there are several companies nationwide that have actually seen their hiring needs increase over the last few months. If you operate an online supply chain, takeout food business, grocery store, or contact center, you may very well find that you need to bring on more staff members. 

This presents some challenges: hiring for roles that need to be filled ASAP can often lead to oversights. You need to make sure every candidate feels safe, secure, and knowledgeable of the employment situation they’re entering (especially if it’s remote).

Scenario 2: You’re Hiring at a Regular Rate

First order of business: If you had job listings up on your site or one of the many job boards candidates often frequent, take them down. You don’t want to mislead anyone or give them the impression that you are actually hiring. Going on an indefinite hiring freeze can be extremely daunting, but think about what you can accomplish when you don’t have to worry about hiring. Reallocate those resources elsewhere and make sure you’re doing everything you can to keep your business afloat in these choppy waters.

How CGI Can Help

The impact of effective recruitment strategies hasn’t gone away—you just need to rethink how those strategies are deployed (or how they can be better tailored to a remote setup). At CGI, our goal is to make your company’s recruiting process as smooth and simple as possible, no matter what’s going on in the world. Reach out to our team today for more information.

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