The TV remote is 3 meters away from you, the toilet is 5 steps to your right and the fridge is just around the corner. Where are you and what could you possibly be doing?

That’s right, you’re working from home! 

Due to the spread of COVID-19, working from home is no longer a flexibility reward but the norm. 

What does this mean for recruiters?

It means you can no longer conduct face-to-face interviews and hiring will have to take place remotely. For those new to recruiting, this will pose a challenge and that’s why, in this blog, we talk about how you can remodel your HR process to hire remotely. 

Rising challenges faced by recruiters 

As the world shifts to a remote workplace, companies and recruiters need to be able to adapt to new work environments. With unemployment projected to soar to 7% by October 2020, recruiters need to be prepared for an increase in the volume of applicants and find ways to screen candidates remotely. 

Before COVID-19 each job received an average of 250 resumes per role and recruiters spent 73% of their time screening candidates. These numbers are bound to increase in the coming future. Furthermore, on average a recruiter spends 6 seconds scanning a resume before making a decision. Considering candidates are willing to spend about 118 minutes preparing and submitting an application, this is a huge disparity that will only get wider. 

The challenge of hiring remotely will, therefore, be ensuring candidates are given a fair chance while also prioritising higher-stakes KPIs. 

What to look for in remote hiring solutions

So what should you be looking for in remote hiring solutions?  

Here are our top suggestions: 

  • The ability to quickly screen candidates is extremely important as a prolonged screening process can lose 89% of potential candidates! And for recruiters who need to hire quickly, a prolonged process is not an option. The right remote hiring solutions will allow you to screen candidates in just a few days. 
  • Technology you can rely on that offers a seamless candidate experience. For example, a screening tool that suddenly cuts candidates off t due to a timing issue or a backlog error is not ideal. 
  • A solution to your current problem and long-standing recruiting issues. For instance, you may need to screen candidates remotely due to COVID-19 but in the long-term, finding a solution to screen candidates efficiently will save you hours of precious time. Don’t just handle a problem when you can solve it! 

Remote hiring solutions available to you 

There are a number of technologies companies can use to facilitate remote hiring. Our top picks are below. 

  • Application Tracking Software (ATS) provides a single source of truth and can be accessed remotely. ATS solutions help companies manage, track and sort applicants on a large scale. This will help speed up the recruitment process by reducing time spent on administrative tasks and allowing more time for hiring. 
  • Applicant screening tools allow companies to assess candidates for crucial soft skills anytime and anywhere, which is perfect for remote hiring. These tools eliminate the need for manual phone screening or face-to-face interviews. This allows companies to skip the most time-consuming part of the recruitment process while still ensuring quality candidates make the shortlist. 
  • Onboarding software sends new hires information about work contracts, policies and working hours. This eliminates manual administration while still ensuring new hires are quickly integrated into your company. On top of this, employees can be onboarded from the safety of their own home. 

Overall, the success of your remote hiring process will rely on the technology chosen. There are a number of great solutions on the market. Use this opportunity to look at how you can use these tools to not only hire remotely now, but also hiring more efficiently in the future.