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4 Tips to Complete Your Hiring Process Virtually

Thursday, April 9, 2020
By now, you have likely accepted that virtual interviews are the new normal. But, just like the world pre-COVID, the virtual interview is only the first step. Once you have interviewed that candidate, you need to close the deal (often virtually). It is imperative to have the right virtual framework to complete the hiring cycle and score that star candidate.

Here are a few tips to help you navigate this new direction:

Communicate Openly and Clearly

Develop your full virtual hiring process and gain buy-in from all key players. Then you can clearly inform candidates about the stage of the process they are in and what to expect next. Share the names of interviewers, expectations, and timelines. If there was ever a time to over-communicate, it is now.

Emphasize Employer Brand Throughout the Process

Make sure to have an established Employer Brand that all interviewers throughout the hiring process can convey consistently. Since the candidate cannot be there to see your workplace culture, practice a compelling company pitch, through various collateral, videos, and social media, that reinforce your mission and values.

Be Empathetic

This is a stressful time for all of us, and, as we all rely completely on video technology, we are often learning as we go. It is important to be compassionate during the virtual hiring process. When the dog barks outside or a rogue toddler enters the frame, remember, we are all in this together.

Get Creative

And one last practical tip is to re-think parts of the process that are always in person, like site visits and plant tours. You can do a live walkthrough, allowing the candidate to meet potential co-workers via video. You can pre-record what you would show the candidate in-person, and bring future colleagues in on the virtual meeting after the virtual facility tour. We have seen our clients approach these critical touchpoints in a variety of creative ways.
 
These tips work! Check out three success stories from our clients that have hired virtually within the last month.
 
 
Completing the hiring process virtually may feel like you have lost a lot of the personal touch, but it doesn’t have to. Implement these tips, and you will be on your way to building an effective virtual hiring strategy that remains personal, and results in an accepted offer.