Why Employers Should Leverage Virtual Recruiting


Before the corona epidemic, many companies addressed some elements of their hiring process virtually. The total lockdown of many countries forced every company to shift its recruiting online. While the economy is reopening, many companies are now interested in shifting a considerable part of their recruiting vitally and assessing how to achieve this successfully.

What is Virtual Recruiting?

The primary goal of virtual recruiting is similar to those of any type of recruiting process, identifying and getting skilled candidates to fulfill your business needs.

Virtual recruitment addresses those tasks virtually. A virtual recruiter acts as a liaison between job applicants and employers, but all functions are conducted remotely.

What are the benefits of Online Recruiting

You will incur additional costs since you will have to train the applicants to use the technology and software needed to conduct online recruiting. In most cases, you will need to invest in tools that optimize online recruiting. The market for online recruiting assistants like chatbots is growing, and their functionality is extensive. The most advanced ones will answer candidates’ FAQs, review applications, pick skilled candidates, and automate the interview schedule.

Since you now know the aspects of virtual recruiting, let’s look at the benefits of this process. We’ve completed a list of the reasons for embracing virtual recruiting to help you know what you are getting into.

You Will Fill Your Vacant Positions Quickly

When the recruiting process entails a one-on-one interview, the average duration for the hiring process is about 24 days. This involves the time allocated for scheduling meetings and also coordinating schedules.  With the help of scheduling software like calendly, interviewers and recruiters will make their calendars viewable to applicants. This allows them to put meetings on their calendars, getting rid of the many backs and forth text messages or emails.

By leveraging online interviews, applicants are always available because they don’t need to schedule time off from their work or get a nanny if they are raising kids. For a business with several locations, interviewers won’t need to travel to the applicant’s location or for the applicant to travel to the interviewer’s location.

It Cuts the Costs Related to Hiring

Face-to-face interviews require financial resources and time, both for the applicant and the hiring department. With online interviews, applicants do not have to use a valued PTO day, nor do they need to pay for travel-related costs. When the applicant is not within the town, the employer has several locations, and travel-related expenses are expensive as it includes hotel stays, airline ticket, uber, and food allowances. These expenses are absorbed by the employer and will be significant.

It Allows Collaboration and Effective Applicant Evaluation

Online interviews tend to be conducive to group interviewing because it’s easy to schedule interviews around all applicants’ schedules. When several interviewers talk to an applicant simultaneously, the assessment process leads to a reasonable conclusion. This is because interviewers can share observations and challenge opinions.

When a recruiter participates in the procedure and schedules the virtual interviews, they will attend the interview and monitor how it is done. This is a great benefit as it lets the recruiter watch what the interviewers or hiring managers are looking for and evaluate the applicants. Then, the recruiter can make the required adjustment to locate and assess suitable additional applicants and choose the best fit. Additionally, the recruiter will not need to wait for a response from interviewers or hiring managers as he will watch how perfect the applicant did in their interview.

Attracts more discerning and capable talent

Technology is ever-evolving, and many discerning and talented applicants expect more from their potential employers when embracing modern technology. So, leveraging online interviews will assist prove that your organization is at the front row of cutting-edge technology. This will make sure a desirable choice in the market.

Offers personal view on all parties involved

Online interviews create a comfortable environment, and it’s less stilted than one-on-one interviews in the office. A relaxed home setting enables recruiters to get a better view of the applicants. The hiring managers and recruiters feel more approachable and human for applicants since they are at ease whenever the interview is not a distraction from their work schedules.

Online Recruiting is not Going Anywhere

The implementation of virtual recruiting and remote workforces is going to be rapid in the coming years. This is because of the happenings of 2020. All businesses that opt to leverage the technologies and tools available and make a new adjustment to their recruiting process will have a better chance of succeeding.

Whether you are employing an individual to work remotely or in your office, the new workers must fit well in your business from a cultural viewpoint.

Online Recruiting Events

If networking events like job fairs are a crucial component of your recruitment plan, you need to consider ways to duplicate the success of these events virtually. Virtual events still offer the opportunity for applicants to familiarize themselves with your organization and the hiring crew.

Here are the tips to help you create a successful online recruiting event:

  • Find the right platform: zoom is one of the leading conferencing software that offers perfect functionality.
  • Promote your event across all your digital platforms: all your social media accounts and website should advertise the online event to increase applicant participation.
  • Follow up with the attendees: ensure you send direct messages or email to all people attending to thank them and encourage them to get in touch in case of any questions.
  • Implement metrics to track success: You need to calculate the conversion rate and give the attendees’ acceptance rate besides tracking the people attending the event.

The increasing dependency and popularity of virtual recruiting have created opportunities and needs for workers and businesses. For businesses, online recruiting challenges organizations to match the efficiency of their recruitment efforts remotely and offers a chance to get more applicants.

For candidates, online recruiting offers access to good opportunities. However, it requires technical knowledge to stand out from other applicants.

Pax Heber
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