With COVID-19 crisis hitting the globe and the attendant social distancing norms that are being followed, recruitment is turning into a non-contact activity. Organizations are looking at remote recruiting mechanisms.
Remote or non-contact recruiting in the virtual space could be cost-effective as it avoids travel, but it does pose some serious questions with regard to the mechanism to evaluate the right candidate and drive malpractice-free recruitment.
It is important to ensure that the evaluation process offers adequate confidence to the recruiter / technical panelists regarding the technical skills of the candidate. This could involve evaluating the coding competence of the candidate using appropriate coding assessments. The recruiter / technical panel has to also ensure that the candidate is not resorting to any malpractice during the interview process.
We have drawn up some guidelines for panelists who conduct remote evaluation to help in identifying the right candidate.
While these checks are required to prevent malpractices, they should in no way give the candidate a feeling that he/she is being subjected to unnecessary checks / snooping. The recruiter / panelist should follow the above guidelines in a very non-intrusive manner and make sure that the candidate feels at ease. The recruiter should ensure the overall interview experience stays positive.
Recruiting in the new normal
While remote recruiting brings its own challenges – it has given rise to multiple benefits that make remote recruiting a phenomenon that will stay on.
Some of the key benefits that remote recruiting has brought in include:
Hiring in the COVID times will follow the guidelines discussed as well as leverage tools that help in preventing malpractices. These guidelines and tools could continue beyond and become a part of the recruitment world.
Head - Transformation, Talent Acquisition, Wipro
Sridhar heads transformation initiatives at Talent acquisition where the focus is on onboarding new ways of working, tools, and automation. Sridhar brings his long delivery experience into reimagining strategies that help shape new age recruitment.
Sridhar is a Wipro veteran, having spent 15 years in several key roles across the world in delivery and customer facing engagements.