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59% expect tech and remote working to lead to more effective recruitment

During the COVID-19 outbreak, two thirds of businesses have successfully interviewed, offered and onboarded new starters, according to a Future of Work Survey by Cielo. The survey found that 59% have interviewed candidates over video, 65% have extended offers without meeting the candidate in person, and 67% are virtual onboarding new starters.


Many of these changes appear to be here to stay, with 82% saying they will continue to interview candidates by video post-crisis. Two fifths (41%) are happy with virtually onboarding new staff and 32% are not concerned about making offers without meeting candidates face-to-face. Respondents also think that the reliance on technology is here to stay, with 66% saying that TA dependence on advanced tech will remain, even when no longer necessary. Only 3% thought an increased reliance on tech was a bad thing, with 7% thinking it would make onboarding harder.


Over half (59%) of respondents think that technology and remote working will lead to quicker and more streamlined and effective recruitment.


Seb O’Connell, president EMEA of Cielo, said, “The pandemic has catapulted organisations years ahead technologically in mere weeks.


“Our essentially increased reliance on technology opens more doors for those looking for new talent. Hiring managers will now be able to consider people located further away – even in different countries – while also having cause to look more carefully at their existing talent for upskilling and promotion.


“The ease of adaption to virtual interviews, offers and onboarding on both sides of the equation has streamlined recruitment and cut costs. TA and HR leaders will, once new programmes and systems are in place, benefit from the radical advancement in technology utilisation.”


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