The Benefits of Virtual Recruiting
The world has evolved a great deal and has no plans of losing steam or stepping on the brakes any time soon. Thanks to advancements in technology, we can now get things done fast and without breaking a sweat.
Until recently, the thought of doing virtual recruitment seems like rocket science. However, recent disruptions in the world economy, courtesy of COVID-19, have shown that virtual recruitment or e-recruitment is feasible and viable.
As more companies realize how convenient and cost-effective visual recruitment is, there has been a surge in the number of companies looking in that direction.
And this brings us to the big question;
What is virtual recruitment?
Suppose you are not tech-inclined and are not familiar with tech jargon, virtual is a hiring process that takes place online or remotely (if you want to be technical). Can you see why virtual recruitment is also referred to as remote recruitment?
So, virtual or remote recruitment is no different from your regular recruitment. It’s just that, this time around, you won’t be sitting face-to-face with the candidates. Instead, you will be using modern technology solutions like video conferencing software, chat solutions, and virtual event software, among other similar means.
In addition to video conference interviews, companies can also engage candidates via text, automated chatbots, and even live chat. With virtual recruitment, the hiring team can interact and evaluate candidates from a distance. They can also leverage this system to conduct interviews.
What are the advantages of virtual recruitment?
Top on the list of the benefits of virtual recruitment is that it offers flexibility and allows the hiring team to follow through on the recruitment process. For instance, the pandemic has got virtually everyone to stay indoors. However, more businesses are popping up, and new positions need to be filled because companies need people to get their job done.
In such a situation when it’s not safe to meet face-to-face (as you would in traditional recruitment), you can tinker along virtual recruitment. Remote recruitment also comes in handy when recruiters need to communicate with candidates over a long distance.
That way, companies or recruitment agencies won’t have to run helter-skelter when face-to/face meetings or interviews are not possible.
Another benefit of virtual recruitment is that it saves time. When recruiters opt for virtual recruitment, they can conveniently screen more candidates within a short time. And the process can be made faster if the hiring team uses online assessment tools and templates, among other automated applications.
Last but not least, remote recruitment blocks all avenues and the possibility of bias in the recruitment process. Candidates that would usually be looked over by the recruiters (for some reason) will get a fair shot when virtual recruitment is paired with other recruitment solutions like Artificial Intelligence (AI). Thereby helping companies to eliminate or reduce bias.
How to apply remote recruiting in your recruitment strategy
As we hinted earlier, video conferencing is not all there is to virtual recruitment. It would be best to consider other tech solutions like applicant tracking systems, employee onboarding systems, recruitment marketing software, and AI-driven recruitment.
Other avenues you can explore include introducing candidates to your company culture without inviting them over. You can arrange virtual office tours, virtual meet-and-greet with staff, and of course, virtual training sessions.
Regarding recruitment marketing, you can look in the direction of virtual career fairs and virtual open houses to expand your reach and increase your talent pool. While you are at it, it’s always best to leave some room for candidates who prefer in-person interviews. Others may select social media messaging app, SMS, or phone call.
While virtual recruiting works slightly differently from the traditional method, the recruitment team is expected to adhere to standard practice. Having mentioned standard, whatever virtual recruitment tool you will adopt should integrate smoothly into your recruitment strategy.
Before we round off on this topic, you should consider building a robust size with personalized messages and clear branding to develop an effective hiring funnel.