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Online Hiring And Recruitment Is Here To Stay

29 September 2020

by Ruella Crouch

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many organisations to put a hold on their recruitment of new employees, but some have turned to digital channels to search for new talent.

According to a press release from FutureLearn, data released from a survey of 315 individuals revealed that four out of five recruiters have used at least one remote hiring technique during the coronavirus lockdown, 69 per cent have expectations to continue doing so in the future.

The remaining 31 per cent felt they needed further training to be able to adjust to the new way of working.

Many organisations favoured a more hybrid model for recruitment, but over half of the respondents stated they have used only remote hiring techniques, which means there has been no face-to-face contact with candidates.

Only 14 per cent of the recruiters quizzed believe they witnessed a reduction in the levels of unconscious bias through the hiring process, according to the report from FutureLearn, which added that 37 per cent of recruiters found difficulties in finding talent using remote methods.

Catalina Schveninger, Chief People Officer at FutureLearn, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has pushed recruitment and onboarding processes online rapidly, and we are seeing companies adjust their practices to ensure staff are able to identify key talent and deliver a great candidate experience in a digital environment.”

She added that many recruiters have found difficulty in finding appropriate talent and that the survey findings have demonstrated that a significant portion of recruiters are feeling unprepared and lacking the right training for the new approach to working.

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