How to Recruit Remotely

5/13/2020

Whilst the COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge effect upon many companies it has meant that business owners are using this time to adjust the way their organisations operate, and, for some looking to add new talent to their company to support growth and journey going forward.

How to Recruit Remotely

The average recruitment process can take up to 3mths from when you first advertise to successfully have someone join your business. Utopian Professional Recruitment can support you or your team throughout this process whilst being on hand to answer any questions you may have.

Advertising

Throughout this pandemic we have seen a significant increase of people online. Utopian Professional Recruitment offers a variety of methods to advertise your vacancies digitally using many job boards, social media platforms and reaching out to our extensive network on candidates already registered with us.

Once your vacancy is live, we will reach out to suitable candidates, conduct telephone interviews, remote registrations and ensure all individuals are fully compliant to work in the UK. When suitable applicants have been shortlisted, we will send you the most suitable CV’s for your review and be readily available to chat over in more depth.

Interviewing

As we are currently unable to conduct a face to face interviews, we are all finding this quite challenging. However, with many video conferencing platforms available including Skype & Zoom, this is a brilliant way to chat to someone face to face and still get a feel for their personality whilst finding out more about their skills, experience and their future aspirations. You also have the option to share screens to provide candidates with more information about your company or ask them to complete specific tasks.

Utopian Professional Recruitment also provide online testing free of charge to businesses as an additional way of testing an individual’s skill set including MS packages, typing speeds, grammatical, numerical, and so much more!

Onboarding

Depending on your industry you may require your new member of staff to start remotely. If this is the case, you want to ensure they are made to feel welcome and have all the tools required ahead of their first day including laptop, phone, shared diaries & drives, emails set up, contact numbers for IT support.

Upon their first day it is highly worth setting up a group video meeting with their colleagues to make them feel part of a team whilst setting aside time one to one, so you can answer any questions they may have, provide praise and set goals for the following day.

One of the most important things is to not allow your new staff member to feel abandoned. Starting a new role is always stressful, trying to get to know people, learn new systems whilst the pressure of doing a good job! Few ideas to help you get prepared:

  • Be organized – have all the tools required set up ahead of your new employee joining
  • Have a training plan in place and stick to it!
  • Set clear and achievable goals to keep motivation levels high
  • Communicate – ensure you have regular communication with your new start, ensuring they know you are readily available to answer any questions they have
  • Use video calling so they get familiar and comfortable working and speaking with you face to face
  • Plan virtual events with your staff
  • Organise daily group coffee / catch up video calls
  • Trust your staff

For more information please do get in touch with Utopian Professional Recruitment