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7 Reasons to Boost Your Recruitment and Hiring Activities During Uncertain Times

We are navigating through unprecedented times where we are faced with challenges that require us to change how we work, interact and rethink our paths through this difficult landscape. We see companies continue to strategize on their workforce planning and hiring and using this time to plan, deploy and train their workforce in preparation for recovery.

Talent scarcity is becoming a challenge for HR during this period, therefore this is the best opportunity for companies to get ahead of the curve and start engaging with candidates virtually in order capitalize on valuable talent. Forward looking companies are turning to virtual tools for selecting talent, to conduct interviews and make hiring decisions. Some of them are even hiring despite the fact that staff cannot be physically in the office.There’s a new era of looking at attracting and retaining talent and companies need to move with the times so they won’t miss out.

Here is a list of 7 advantages you could get from boosting your talent acquisition activities right now:


1. Faster candidate turnaround

Since everyone is required to stay at home, many people are no longer required to deliver on certain commitments. We generally have more free time now. Therefore, candidates are likely to be available for interviews and recruitment procedures quicker than usual.

2. Higher candidate commitment

Candidates understand that companies might be more selective right now. Therefore, they are likely to treat every opportunity more seriously. They will keep in mind that available vacancies could be strategic in nature and consequently showcase higher commitment to the recruitment process.

3. Streamlined processes

Because many of us are working from home, organizations had to put in place policies to facilitate operations despite this condition. In most cases decisions are made faster, with less reliance on paperwork and with speed that technology enables us to have. As a result, your recruitment process and hiring decisions are likely to be streamlined and provide a better experience for candidates and hiring managers.

4. Lower competition for in-demand talent

Since some companies might reconsider their hiring plans, you can on the other hand use this to your advantage. With the temporary reduced competition for in-demand talent, your organization could use this time to attract the top talent available on the market.

5. Strong employer branding opportunity

When candidates see a company hiring during these difficult times, chances are they will develop a positive image of that employer’s brand. Combine that with lower competition for in demand talent, and your organization will have a very good foothold to attract candidates now and post COVID-19. The goal is to outpace your competition in building your recruitment pipeline because once things settle down, other employers might go for a hiring spree.

6. Internal morale booster

While many articles are now painting a gloomy picture, showing your staff that the future is bright and that you are building for consistent growth, can be a very strong morale booster. Demonstrating that your company is recruiting talent in these challenging times is a sign of stability and growth. This fact could serve as a strong uplift and motivation for your existing team.

7. Backfilling vacant positions

Some people in your company have undoubtedly been assigned with higher responsibilities due to the COVID outbreak. They might be deserving promotions at this point but what about the responsibilities they were handling prior to the outbreak? Who will be executing on those operations now that the role has evolved? Recruiting new joiners might be the right approach to address this issue. That will also showcase strong leadership and appreciation for existing staff who have gone beyond their preassigned responsibilities to support the organization in these unprecedented times.


As an active member of the community, we understand the challenges that employers are going through right now.

To support you we are open for free consultations on your workforce requirements and for developing custom workforce solutions to help your business needs.

You can reach out to us at [email protected] or +9714 3910460, or by visiting our Contact Us page and one of our expert recruiters will get in touch within 24 hours.