It’s no brainer that 2020 was an overwhelming year. Everyone was battling at some front, be it battling the virus and struggling to retain the job. That being said, recruitment in 2021 is nothing like what we have been witnessing till now. It’s a new game altogether. The pandemic has had a profound effect on how companies procured, processed, and placed talent. As budgets were restrained, team sizes got reduced, but what’s the road to recovery?
Remote working is the evident reality right now and at least for the foreseeable future. Today, we will talk about some of the most influential trends that would redefine the hiring landscape in 2021. Let’s get started!
Employee experience matters more
The ever-evolving process of enhancing the employee experience now holds more value than ever given the surrounding chaos and crisis. Supporting and encouraging your employees leads to greater employee satisfaction. Various studies have revealed that it results in greater productivity and loyalty. That’s something employers need more than ever now.
To deliver the ultimate employee experience, companies are combining effective technology and human interference. This way, in-house recruiters are extending a more personalised yet time-efficient employee experience in the organisations. Since the recruitment process is transforming, organisations are deploying technologies such as AI and ML to keep up in the post-pandemic workspace. “This will be particularly evident in how the process leverages technology to drive efficiency for both recruiters and applicants alike,” says Kapil Katira, Head of Talent and Acquisition, The Gateway group.
Virtual is now becoming the new reality
Despite work from home being the norm, face-to-face interactions still hold significant leverage for greater independence and flexibility. Hence, it is estimated that in 2021 and platforms like Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, etc. will be at the mainstay, becoming the norm for working and interviewing.
The transition from the conventional hiring mode has already revealed many advantages such as being more efficient, cost-effective and a more intelligent alternative. With automation setting up practices like pre-recorded interviews and templates, a large number of candidates can be reached out to and evaluated in a much faster fashion.
The last decade saw an unprecedented rise in the rate of digital transformation in the global recruitment landscape. Be it in-house or offshore recruiters, everyone leveraged the astronomical advantages that AI and automation brought along. This phenomenon not only improved efficiencies but also streamlined the manual internal processes.
With the advent of modernisation, 2021 will witness even higher standards and subsequent implementation of sophisticated automation solutions at every aspect of the recruiting process irrespective of the sector. However, the key to the ultimate candidate experience is striking a balance between human intervention and technology. That being said, organisations still need to deploy more technological solutions to accelerate the process, but at the same time, should refrain from becoming entirely mechanical.
Everyone is optimistic about 2021 as the economy resurges and businesses rebound. Technology is the primary enabler of any transformation, and in the recruitment industry, it has even more relevance and responsibilities. These were some of the most prominent and promising trends that would help the recruitment sector scale new heights while the world makes peace with the new normal.