are moving talent acquisition activities online in the face of the COVID-19
coronavirus pandemic and the stay-at-home mandates in most major metropolitan
are transitioning their typical face-to-face recruiting efforts, to include
college recruiting, to virtual experiences according to the results of a new
survey from the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) of talent
new survey found that in addition to other measures, 71% of respondents reported
that their organizations have moved all recruitment events to 100% virtual.
to efforts to woo soon-to-be college graduates, employers have temporarily
placed college campus recruiting on hold (32%), or cancelled college campus
recruiting events altogether (23%). Some noted that they are in the process of
redesigning their university recruiting hiring and related activities for a
time of year, college students are typically preparing to embark on important
internships that could affect their early career decisions—these corporate
programs are also facing challenges. Employers are taking steps such as placing
holds on new incoming interns (23%) or are redesigning for virtual versions
(16%) of their internship programs.
one talent acquisition professional observed: “We think we might be able to
make the first half of our internships virtual and still be effective and
hopefully have them onsite for the second half—that’s really when the
all-important social connections typically happen.”
organizations are also considering extending the internships of select students
currently placed in their organizations as a potential strategy: “That’s on the
table for discussion right now,” said one senior executive.
What actions has
your organization taken regarding recruitment/talent acquisition activities?
Only 3% of survey respondents reported that talent acquisition
team members are currently being redeployed to other areas of HR or the
business to support the organization’s needs. Such activities can include
staffing employee assistance hotlines, supporting offboarding of employees,
working critical openings, and helping with virtual onboarding. But 17% said
that they are currently discussing redeployment of recruiters.
While only 9% of survey respondents said that their
organizations have prepared specific scripts for recruiters to use in discussions
with candidates who ask about COVID-19 diagnoses within the company, 32% have
both created the scripts as well as training on how to address the pandemic in
recruitment conversations, while 21% have not addressed this potential issue
with their talent acquisition teams.
the full survey results—due
to the current global health and productivity crisis affecting everyone, i4cp
is making all related ongoing research publicly available.
encourage you to visit i4cp.com/coronavirus for other employer resources including
discussion forums, next practices, useful resources, and more.