Josephine O. Edwards
Guest Writer

Many businesses have been forced to take their operations online thanks to the pandemic. For larger corporations with a prior online presence, this transition was relatively easy. But for smaller businesses or new startups, things haven’t exactly been easy.

Most entrepreneurs and business owners were initially focused on how to drive their products online. But as they soon discovered, existing in a digital space didn’t remove the need to hire or recruit new staff. Instead, it only changed the process into a virtual one, birthing what is now known as virtual hiring or virtual recruiting.

Together, we will take a look at what the virtual hiring process is all about. Let’s get started.

What is Virtual Hiring?

As the name implies, it is a hiring process that takes place virtually. It involves remotely interviewing potential candidates without any face-to-face or physical interaction. The entire process is possible, thanks to current technology trends.

Thanks to recent technological innovations like video conferencing and other chat solutions, businesses can now hire, train, or onboard staff anywhere in the world.

Virtual hiring sets itself apart from the normal recruitment process in many ways. However, the most distinct difference lies in the fact that it can be an automated process. Recruiters can choose to administer the interviews themselves or have chatbots conduct the process on their behalf.  

It should also be noted that virtual events such as seminars, webinars and career fairs can be considered forms of virtual hiring.

So what are the pros and cons of this new hiring process? Let’s take a look.

 Pros of Virtual Hiring

Currently, the most significant advantage of virtual hiring is that it makes it safe to meet, albeit virtually. Businesses can still hold interviews and meetings while keeping their employees and candidates safe from the pandemic.

 Other advantages of virtual hiring include

  • It reduces the cost of the recruitment process. Rather than having to do things manually, virtual hiring allows for automation. Through this, the expenses a business might incur from hosting an interview are significantly reduced.
  • It saves time and protects the schedules of all involved. By taking advantage of the digital process, recruiters can conduct more interviews in a shorter time. Chatbots, online assessments, and one-way video interviews are tools that can help with this.  
  • It reduces bias and opens doors to the global labour market. Virtual hiring can take place remotely. As such, recruiters can interview and hire candidates from all over the world. Thanks to this, they can also avoid some hiring biases and pick candidates who are most suited for the job.

Cons of Virtual Hiring

Virtual hiring isn’t a perfect process. While it has its benefits, it also has drawbacks that limit its impact. These drawbacks aren’t necessarily absolute limitations, but they are challenges that must be navigated with care.

The limitations of virtual hiring are

  • It is difficult to determine if a candidate is a right fit for your business. Physical interviews allow recruiters to gauge how well a candidate will match your business culture. Virtual interviews do not offer this benefit; you may hire a candidate only to discover they don’t fit in with your team.  
  • The experience of the candidate could suffer. Doing things virtually may cause a communication gap between you and your new employees. As such, they may end up feeling undervalued and removed from the other team members. If care is not taken, this might cause a drop in performance or even lead to them leaving the business.

Virtual hiring does bring change to the recruitment process. But it is up to you as an entrepreneur or business owner to fine-tune the process. That is the only way to ensure your efforts aren’t wasted.