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As all of us attempt to find our feet amidst the new normal while experiencing a global pandemic, it’s become apparent to many companies that change needs to happen for life to go on. In particular, business owners have had to realize that deadlines can still be met while under lockdown by trusting employees to pull their weight while working remotely.
Digital recruitment has become a reality for many companies and entrepreneurs. Unlike traditional hiring programs that require face-to-face and panel interviews, life under lockdown works in different ways. As such, your company’s recruitment procedures have to adapt to the new system. You’ll save yourself a lot of time and money once you understand what the ideal hiring process seems like in the age of social distancing.
Consider Your Interview Questions
Desist from asking vague questions like “Who are you?”. Instead, tend to lean more towards goal-focused conversations that are better worded, like “What skills will you be bringing to the team?” to help both parties get the most out of the interview. The candidate will be able to fully express themselves and showcase what they have to offer, while the interviewer assesses whether the interviewee is the right fit for the role they are trying to fill.
Independent Problem Solver
Regardless of the industry, a keen employee who takes the initiative and strives to help the company grow bigger is an asset. From having suggestions on how to adapt your company policies to solving technical issues you encounter, you’ll benefit from having an independent thinker.
When you’re scouting for new workers, lookout for people who demonstrate a more upfront nature since they are more likely to approach problems with a “this is how I suggest we solve our problem” instead of people who’ll need spoon-feeding.
An Open-Minded Candidate
One of the critical characteristics of an ideal employee is teachability, someone who’ll work with the team to lighten the load and improve business. Industries are constantly changing, and as such, you’ll want someone that can take constructive criticism and is willing to change and grow with the trends.
Each member of your team needs to be an asset to the company and increase revenue. But if you have to nurse ego’s or follow after workers, that eats into the company’s budget and time.
Demonstration of Good Communication Skills
While learning how to make location-agnostic meetings work, companies are progressively moving towards mastering the art of compartmentalizing big projects into manageable tasks. Accountability in virtual gatherings is more crucial than ever before.
Teaching a person how to be pleasant isn’t easy. As petty as it seems, hiring someone you can’t stand will be counterproductive. It isn’t to say bring in any unjustified prejudices but to unbiasedly assess whether the person will make valuable contributions to your organization.
Rethink Your Brand
Finally, use this time to rethink your company and how it can optimize the online market. Things that may have worked pre-COVID-19 most likely aren’t practical anymore. Because physical meetings can’t happen, you’ll have to restructure your brand to fit the online criteria. It may be a chance to tackle those company building ventures that would ordinarily have been put off.
Change is upon us, and to maintain relevance in the evolving world, and it’s up to you to take the direction that allows you to evolve with it. Consider the course you want to see your company take in these times of social distancing and remote working, and find fitting employees accordingly.