Best Practices for Hiring Managers and Recruiters During the COVID-19 Crisis

Best Practices for Hiring Managers and Recruiters During the COVID-19 Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic is disrupting business all over the world. Affected countries are adopting social distancing measures with the goal of flattening the curve of transmissions. Said measures range from simple recommendations to avoid crowds to shelter-in-place orders.

Talent acquisition teams are having to adapt their hiring practices accordingly, putting an immediate stop to face-to-face interviews and adopting virtual processes instead. Under these strange new circumstances it’s imperative that we don’t lose the human touch while doing so, especially in regions going through strict quarantine measures that are leaving candidates (and the population at large) feeling isolated.

Here are some HR best practices for your hiring managers and recruiters to help them adapt to the new normal.

Communication is Key During the Crisis

Be honest and let candidates know how the Coronavirus is impacting your recruiting process. If it has caused delays or you are pausing all hiring and onboarding, candidates need to know that and you should make this a priority. They are more likely to be understanding of the change in circumstances than forgiving of being left in the dark.

Best Practice: Getting the message and tone right is important. Candidates are savvy and sensitive and are likely

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