How COVID is Changing How We Recruit and Hire

If your company is hiring this winter, the chances are high that you’ve made some big changes to how you go about it. Looking for new talent has changed along with how you interview and onboard new employees. Let’s look at how COVID-19 has changed daily life, including how we recruit and hire. 

COVIDs Impact on Hiring 

The first impact is on who is hiring these days. The hospitality and travel field have declined considerably along with some indoor dining establishments. But industries like warehousing and logistics are booming. Some grocery stores and retail outlets are also hiring like mad. 

Temporary Workers

Hiring practices at these companies has changed. Many companies, wary of an uncertain market, are investing more in contract and freelance labor to lessen their risk. Some companies are reskilling their workforce to help internal teams add more flexibility to their skills so they can take on new roles in the business. 

Remote Workers

Perhaps the biggest shift is the remote worker trend, which has not only changed where people work but how we interview and communicate with them. Today video platforms have replaced the face-to-face interview process. This has been particularly interesting for warehouse logistic workers, who are used to showing up for an interview and getting the job on the spot. Today, many companies conduct the first interview online and then you show up for the job. 


Onboarding is different now, too. HR teams now do more virtual onboarding sessions. This is tricky because onboarding is an important time for the employee to bond with a company. The challenge for HR is to figure out how to acclimate a new worker and make them feel welcome when they’re on a video chat. The good news is most video conferencing tools have screen share, which makes it easier for HR to go over important paperwork or online payroll time tracking for new employees. One tip for HR teams is to adapt orientation to the virtual screen, but also make sure company leadership has an official welcome to the new employee to make them feel more at home. Also, as part of this process, establish expectations around what the daily schedule will be like, to avoid any confusion, especially if the worker is remote. Incredibly, about 42% of the American workforce is now working from home.  


If your company is doing more recruiting, hiring, and onboarding online, one tip is to make sure your corporate brand is welcoming and supportive. Companies should use marketing to improve the candidate experience while ensuring consistent messages about your culture and hiring practices. During the transition from a candidate to a new hire, it’s more important than ever for recruiting teams to stay in constant contact with candidates to ensure they don’t slip away to a competitor or lose interest. 

PrideStaff has adopted a variety of techniques to ensure your success in hiring. We specialize in matching qualified teams with the best jobs and can help you with a steady flow of help when you need it the most. Contact us today. 

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