When the regular audience was stranded at home due to the pandemic, the UceLI Quartet improvised, playing Puccini’s ‘I Crisantemi (Chrysanthemums) to 2,292 plants in Barcelona, Spain.
When baseball fans around the world were stranded at home, their baseball teams improvised, filling their stadiums with cardboard cutouts of their fans.
World-class organizations around the globe have also improvised as it relates to the whole new world of remote hiring.
Yes, virtual hiring is becoming increasingly popular largely due to safety concerns and the need for social distance.
Many, many, organizations have discovered that hiring, onboarding, and training can be done virtually, efficiently, and effectively, especially due to today’s technology.
In fact, 51% of organizations have interviewed a candidate remotely, and 42% have extended job offers remotely. Furthermore, 21% of hiring managers feel that remote interviewing will be the norm in the future.
That does not mean that there are not both benefits and pitfalls to virtual hiring. Virtual recruitment can make the hiring process more efficient, but it can also add a lot of stress for job applicants.
Some of the additional benefits of remote hiring include:
- Expanding the pool of candidates for consideration.
- Obviously, virtual interviewing affords a solution to COVID-19 safety concerns for both the candidate and interviewer.
- Affording flexibility to candidates, especially if they can’t travel from home or have childcare issues.
- Quickens the hiring process.
- Cost savings.
- Gives the opportunity to the interviewer to assess how effectively the candidate works and communicates remotely.
- As long as the interviewer uses the same standard set of questions for each job candidate, there will be less chance of pre-judgment and bias. Oftentimes, when people are interviewing face to face, people are more prone to base their conclusions on “gut instinct” or first impressions, which is not always fair to the candidate.
With that said, there can be pitfalls with remote hiring. Just some of these downsides include:
- Candidates who are more comfortable with in-person interviews, may not adjust to, and get stressed out, by this new normal of virtual hiring.
- Both the candidate and the job interviewer do not have the benefit of that first feel, impression, and intuition that comes with an in-person introduction and interview.
- The candidate may not have reliable internet access or connectivity, which interferes with the on-line interview and communication. Technological issues can also occur with Skype or Zoom, and as such, these should be pre-tested prior to the remote interview.
We are all trying to adjust to and work with the new “normal” brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and so we all have to embrace these changes in order to continue to be successful in what we do and how we conduct ourselves. In many ways, we are fortunate to have the technology options that are available to us so that we can keep moving forward.