Nobody could have predicted the disorder and confusion thatthe coronavirus pandemic was about to cause. Healthcare systems around theworld are struggling to cope but it has also completely shaken up the way wework. Companies have quickly had to adapt to digital technology, and thisincludes the way in which they recruit. Intelligent automated systems are beingused to carry out screening and interviewing rather than risk face-to-faceinterviews or having to completely stop the recruitment process.
As COVID-19 continues to spread at an alarming rate, more and more companies are putting the health of their employees first and restricting the amount of contact that takes place. Some businesses have converted their whole recruitment strategy to virtual platforms.
When the outbreak first became an issue for recruitment, interviews were postponed, and some were canceled. However, it soon became clear that this worldwide health crisis was going to last for months and postponing, or canceling was not a viable solution. Antal International, a global executive recruitment organization explained that those with urgent needs to hire have carried out video only interviews or telephone interviews.
In some cases, companies have been checking the travel history and medical histories of employees over a three-month period. The residence locations are also being checked. But considering now the number of countries that have implemented social distancing or lockdowns, these strategies are no longer effective.
Rather than stopping business activities and productivity, companies are switching to remote work. A key tool for this is virtual meeting platforms. These virtual platforms enable teams to remain in contact with each other as well as interviews and company onboarding. Candidates are able to connect with companies through each stage of the interview process and in real-time.
Roles that require skill testing or assessment, such as IT and Tech roles, are also being switched to online. Online assessments allow for companies to quickly filter out the appropriate candidates who can progress onto the next stage and this can still all be done in a timely fashion.
Companies took the decision to call out their interviews via online platforms through the COVID-19 pandemic. This is not only to protect the safety of its employees but also to the health of the candidates. Candidates are able to attend interviews from wherever they happen to be, a relief for those candidates who are having to self-isolate.
Virtual screening has allowed both businesses and candidates to continue with their objectives and therefore, lessen the disruption that COVID-19 has caused, essentially, keeping companies in the business.
Skype and WhatsApp have been key tools along with the web and video conferencing technologies.
Some countries are witnessing an improvement in conditions after experiencing the worst of COVID-19. Other countries are still waiting for the peak of this virus, which has already infected over 938,000 people and caused the tragic deaths of more than 47,000 people across the world.