So much has changed this year in our personal and professional lives. We’ve had to look at things through a new lens and reevaluate the way we do everything.
In business, a big change has happened in the way we are recruiting, reviewing applicants, hiring, and employing people. We were accustomed to evaluating things in person and as a staff, but a lot of this process is now being done remotely.
So, how exactly has hiring changed in 2020 and what are the new tools companies are using to get it done correctly?
How are people receiving resumes?
The resume process has changed over the last number of years and hasn’t drastically changed during the pandemic. Companies are receiving resumes through email and an online job posting site mostly.
This seems simple, but it allows companies to have them pile up before going through them. Some methods are already perfect, I guess.
What are hiring managers looking for in a candidate?
Aside from all the usual qualities that make someone qualified for a specific position, people’s expectations have changed quite a bit over the year. The world has shifted and there’s a lot more going on that can distract people from being successful in their position.
Here are a few changes to what people are looking for in a candidate:
- How do they operate when working remotely?
- Are you able to balance work and life in a way that promotes positive mental health?
- Do you have the equipment to do the job appropriately?
- Can this candidate work independently?
- Do they take pride in working on their own and being able to report back to others?
These are just a few of the things that current companies are looking for in candidates these days.
How are companies vetting applicants?
I was able to speak with a superior recruiting service in the United States to get an idea of the new technologies and platforms being used to vet applicants and review candidates. The team at JCSI told us about a few changes happening these days during the hiring cycle.
- Submitted videos. This is a growing trend, where companies will send a list of questions to a number of candidates and ask them to answer in a video. The video should be under a certain amount of time and allows companies to get a feel for an applicant beyond just reading the resume or speaking on the phone.
- Artificial Intelligence. Companies are using A.I. to automatically vet candidates and eliminate a number of people who do not fit the given requirements.
- Video Conferencing. Hiring managers should now be experts at platforms like Zoom. They have been talking with candidates on a daily basis and can quickly meet with applicants.
These are just a few new ways companies are vetting applicants and changing the way they hire in 2020.
Are business owners considering new options?
For this question, we were able to speak with Donny Gamble, a Serial Entrepreneur and the owner of Retirement Investments. He has owned various companies for the last number of years and is very experienced with hiring for his companies.
He agrees that hiring has changed over the last year and business owners have to adapt.
“I have always hired for remote positions but 2020 has made it known that it is here to stay,” said Gamble. “I’ve tried to streamline my hiring process in 2020 and find ways so it doesn’t take up quite as much time. It’s not easy but it’s important to be smart during the hiring routine.”
Most business owners will consider hiring remotely (if they haven’t already) and will look for ways to find more qualified people, spend less money, and even find reliable people who are able to work as a freelancer.
It’s an interesting time for business owners and new recruits – who knows what 2021 will bring.
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