Our world has turned around in a matter of days. Although many businesses are slowing down, others are seeing how investing in the right technical talent will help them weather the longer- term storm. There are still many companies in need of talent to fill jobs such as software engineering, programming, data analytics and so many others.
With social distancing in full force, hiring cannot stop when business demands need to be met. Plus, the highly qualified and skilled US-based workforce needs to continue to move forward wherever possible!
Here are some simple tips for virtually hiring and onboarding right:
- Leverage technology to personalize the interview experience. Yes, a phone call could suffice, but using Skype, Zoom, or any of video conference technologies—most of which are free—will help you deliver a personal hiring experience and read the candidate’s body language and professionalism more effectively.
- Leverage technology to personalize the on-boarding experience. Managing virtual teams and building successfully relationships is not difficult, but it does require a little more creativity. Use video capabilities to have one-on-one onboarding sessions with the new hire’s peers, boss, and internal clients. This will set the relationship up for long term success while operating in this virtual model.
- Ship the new hire a welcome gift. With Amazon and other retailers still delivering, take the time to welcome the new hire with a small gift like a book, a mug, or something relevant to the job they are performing. The new hire working virtually will appreciate the token of appreciation and will always remember their day ‘one’ on the job. These types of actions build long term loyalty which will be critical when the days of during of low unemployment return.
- Stay connected. The hiring manager should stay involved with the new hire for 30-days if possible. Check in from time to time or schedule a virtual ‘coffee’ break to see how the new hire is doing. Taking the extra time to connect with the new hire will give hiring managers incredible insight that can come from the fresh set of eyes.
Griffin Global Systems is a hands-on partner for filling technical staffing requirements. Now more than ever is the time to trust a partner like Griffin Global Systems with the task of hiring the right talent for your project or company.