Despite the slight ease of lockdown measures, the return to the office and face-to-face interview processes still seems distant. Although many sectors are struggling and have put recruitment on hold altogether, there is still recruitment activity in the governance market both for permanent and interim positions. If anything, secretariats are busier than ever with an increased number of board meetings around business continuity and crisis management.
Recruitment practices have completely shifted, as now interviews are taking place online, via various platforms such as Zoom, Skype, Microsoft Teams or bespoke software used by employers. While some are hesitant to progress to offers based on virtual interviews alone, many employers hiring - especially for business-critical or replacement roles - have taken the plunge and even onboarded new team members remotely, with the help of their IT and HR departments.
There are a few things employers can implement for their peace of mind when hiring during the lockdown:
Despite the disadvantages of a virtual recruitment process, there are also some advantages. With people working remotely, it is a lot easier to schedule video-calls, which in turn speeds-up the recruitment process. Also, there are minimal associated costs as neither party has to travel to get to the interview. Lastly, if following this period, you are happy to consider permanent remote workers, the candidate pool available will be a lot wider.
If you are still reluctant to commit to a permanent hire, but the workload is pressing, hiring a contractor or temporary worker is your next best option! It is a great way of accessing skilled resource quickly and for the time that you need it.
Mariza Dimaki is a Recruitment Partner at The Core Partnership, who are specialists in the recruitment of Company Secretaries, Governance and Compliance people. The team provides market advice on relevant qualifications and experience, conducts salary and benchmarking exercises and works throughout the UK and overseas recruiting at all levels to this specific discipline.
If you need advice on staff retention, benchmarking, permanent or interim hiring or would like to have a confidential discussion about your job search, then please reach out to a member of the team on 020 3589 0333.
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