28 May The Future of Recruitment

They say that it takes 21 days to make a habit and 90 days to make a lifestyle.

At the beginning of March 2020, a lot of companies started social distancing and started moving to virtual meetings, and a lot of our clients offered virtual interviews to job seekers who were not comfortable with face to face meetings.  It certainly was an interesting venture to embark on, and people around the world were suddenly trying to figure out how to host a meeting, what software was the most professional, and what etiquette to put in place to make the meetings and interviews as professional as possible. 

By the middle of April, most companies had passed the 21 days and the habit was firmly entrenched in the business practice.  More than being a way that they had to operate to merely function, virtual meetings have become a welcomed connection with colleagues, staff and clients.  Many festivals and conferences have gone virtual, and the exercise industry has exploded into the virtual meetings space.  In short, for most people, connecting on Zoom, Google Meet, Google Hangout, WhatsApp Video Calls, Teams, Skype or similar platforms, has become to equivalent to popping into the office next door, or catching up over a coffee to discuss an idea.

Whether or not you are going back to work in June, Social Distancing is here to stay for the rest of the year, to a greater or lesser extent, and as we leave 2020, virtual meetings will be a part of normal business.

What this means for recruitment, is that the majority of job interviews are going to be done via video interview in the future, especially as a first-round interview.  Some of the advantages to virtual interviews are that employers can now look at applicants out of the area; at applicants that could not get time off work to attend an interview; they are able to record interviews easily to refer back on; they are able to conference in more that one manager to interview, and it is far more efficient on time management and productivity. 

What this means to job seekers, is that if you want to position yourself ahead of other job seekers, you need to be proactive and get comfortable with virtual interviews.  RESOURCE recruitment has been doing virtual interviews throughout lockdown, assisting and coaching job seekers on this new platform, and the response has been unanimously positive and motivating for job seekers.

In January 2020, if you had tried to fax your CV or look in the Sunday newspaper for a job, you would not have been highly effective in securing interviews and employment.  That is how things were done 20 years ago.  It is time to evolve and embrace the new technology.  Create a professional online presence on platforms such as LinkedIn, load your CV onto job portals, and get comfortable with virtual interviews.  You will be pleasantly surprised at how this new change in the way things are done, benefits you.

“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”. — John F. Kennedy.