Hiring during the past 18-months of the pandemic has been a bit challenging to say the least. And it may get even more challenging as the war for talent heats up. As a recruiter or HR professional, the pressure is on you to find qualified talent that fits your organization, and it’s more complicated than ever. That’s why you must think strategically and execute new strategies to find the people that will lift your firm to new heights. Your firm is counting on you. If you’re stuck, consider these three recruiting and hiring strategies:
Firms that do not work on their employer brand will miss out on a long-term strategy for attracting new candidates. A good employer brand will keep the right-fit candidates coming into your pool of applicants and will repel the misfits.
So what is an employer brand? It’s how your employees and candidates feel about your firm. Every touch-point makes up your employer brand--from the very first moment a candidate sees your job posting, reads your Glassdoor reviews, interviews with you, or joins your firm. The entire experience is what builds your employer brand, and you can be intentional about building it. Read this article I wrote about 11 ways to build your employer brand.
Don’t sugarcoat your firm or the job. In the job posting and throughout the interview process, be honest about the position and firm. If you’re sugarcoating any of it, people will eventually see through it, and it will only damage your reputation and cause turnover if they join your firm and it doesn’t match their expectations. Do yourself a favor and be real with people. It will save you time and money long-term.
As I wrote earlier, the last 18 months have been a bit crazy for all of us. So ask your candidates about it. There is a lot you can learn about them by asking how COVID has impacted their life. Here are some of my favorite COVID-related interview questions to ask candidates:
We all went through the pandemic, so asking COVID-related questions such as these shows empathy and helps build a connection with candidates.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re working remotely or from your employer’s office, we all have the same issues regarding focus and time management throughout the workday. The question is, are you intentional about how you focus and manage your time?
Industry experts say the “Great Resignation” is on the horizon as people make their way back to the office. The good news is that there is a way to prevent this from happening in your organization. Here are three ways you can avoid the “Great Resignation:”
If your firm was like most in the United States, you started working remotely in mid-March 2020. Now, 15 months later, employers and workers are reflecting on their time working remotely. What did we learn about ourselves and what we need as individuals? Hopefully, we learned a lot about what we want out of work and life in the future.