Attracting and retaining top talent is difficult in the best of times, but what do you do if you are tasked with hiring right now?
Here are 3 best practices when hiring during this pandemic.
1. Focus on the Candidate Experience
Writing clear job descriptions, responding to applicants, and building an authentic employer brand are always important parts of your recruiting strategy, but right now understanding how your candidates feel about the process is also important. Focusing on empathy throughout the candidate experience process can go a long way. That means listening more. Put yourself in the candidate’s shoes and ask questions about their current situation. Some people may not be thrilled to be job seeking during a pandemic. Seek first to understand, than to be understood, not the other way around.
2. Expand Your Candidate Relationship Management
This process focuses on nurturing past, current, prospective, or passive candidates. This proactive recruiting experience includes contact management, targeted landing pages, social media, and management of direct communication with candidates. Adapting to the way in which your candidates will want to communicate is key here. For more information read the Exceed Candidate Expectations whitepaper from SAP.
3. Streamline Your Processes
Right now, many companies are trying to do more with less. Using technology to reduce repetitive, highly manual management tasks will allow you to spend your time focusing less on the processes and more on the candidates themselves.
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