There is no ‘business as usual’ when it comes to the way we work right now. And recruitment is no exception. The coronavirus pandemic has had a lasting impact on our lives and will continue to do so for many months and even years to come.
Amid these unstable times, you can still make key, strategic hires - in fact, now may be the most important time for you to make these decisions.
More than ever, you need leaders with quality experience, innovative vision and whose goals and values align with your own.
It’s still possible to recruit successfully during uncertainty. Here are four reasons why now is the right time...
1. Quality of Candidates
The quality of candidates on the market right now is astonishing. We've spoken to people who under ordinary circumstances would have top brands competing to hire them.
It’s a great time to hire people with talent, expertise and experience, who may not have switched jobs before.
2. You Need the Right Leaders Right Now
Right now is a pivotal moment in time. The pandemic has thrown us into economic uncertainty but has also added some much needed perspective on what brands should be focusing on.
Regardless of whether you want to save money on recruitment right now, if you don't have the right leaders at the helm to steer you through this pivotal moment, you won't make it to the other side.
3. Adapting is Necessary
The positive environmental impact of Covid-19 and the social issues that have been surrounding us recently show that we all have an important role to play in making ethical and sustainable choices.
Consumers are also changing rapidly and if you don't adapt with them and hire dynamic leaders, you won't resonate with your customers and they will go elsewhere.
4. The Market Will Change
When the job market ultimately recovers, the competition for top talent is going to explode wide open. Those companies who are out early will be able to catch the best candidates ahead of their competitors.
Think about your vision and whether securing talent now is necessary to bring about your brand's vision.
Where Do I Go From Here?
Candidate experience is crucial to hiring top talent. According to IBM, a positive candidate experience results in 38% more candidates accepting job offers.
Every step of their journey counts. So ask yourself:
How well do you sort through your applications?
Is your role description compelling, attractive and accurate in the first place?
Are you asking the right questions to truly understand whether a candidate is a match to what you’re looking for?
Are you delving deep into who the candidates are as people and finding out whether their working habits, their leadership style and their mission are a match to what you need? (It’s not just about their experience and skill set!)
It’s important to think ahead before you even start the hiring process about what you want to achieve and when.
When speaking with HR leaders these past few months, the majority of them note that despite hiring freezes, this has been one of their busiest and most chaotic times. Not only are they helping employees adapt to the new home working environment, they’re also helping restructure teams, dealing with redundancies and preparing your return to the office.
When it comes to hiring leaders, you can't afford to do the job half-heartedly. The journey needs due diligence and thoughtfulness.
Now more than ever, it’s crucial to consider whether partnering with a headhunter, who can offer you market expertise and high levels of focus and attention, is what you need.
Remember To Think About Quality - Don’t Get Bogged Down With Quantity
Due to the number of candidates on the market at the moment, brands who advertise their roles are likely to be inundated with hundreds if not thousands of applicants. But volume does not mean quality.
There are likely to be many candidates with the experience and skill set you are looking for. More than ever before, you need to assess whether they will fit in culturally and complement your existing team.
The best method we’ve found to determine this is to use behavioural science throughout the process. We’ve developed our own in-house methodology to actively hunt down the right candidate rather than taking a "first past the post" approach. This means candidates are proven to reach peak productivity faster, make a greater impact and stay longer in the role.
We work internationally and understand the nuances of different local hiring environments and challenges they face, particularly when hiring someone from another country.
Can we help you in your search? If you’re not hiring right now, we’d love to help you prepare for when you do, including sharing our market insights and intelligence.