In these times of the pandemic, you can see many full-time and on-site positions going completely remote. The idea is to minimise the physical presence of the employees. Most organizations have made it mandatory for the HR departments to conduct the remote assessment and onboarding of new employees. In such a situation that demands connection to be made impersonally, the challenges for the HR go off the roof.
85% of workers have seen productivity jump due to flexible working situations. 50% of all employees globally work outside the office at least 2.5 days a week.
This gives challenges for the HR to stay relevant, but it also paves the way for the opportunities for HR departments to use innovative strategies in the assessment and onboarding procedures.
Remote assessment and onboarding: The challenges
Fulfilling the basic human need of face–to–face and in-person interactions that we are so used to seems impossible and even dangerous these days. Some of the questions and challenges that recruiters face with remote assessment include,
- How to source high-quality candidates?
- How to assess their skills remotely if they cannot come to a physical place?
- What tests should be conducted to filter the best talent?
- How to know the authenticity of the resumes?
- Helping the incoming employee find their groove and feel welcomed.
- Informing new employees about the organization, its processes, the source of answers if questions arise and the technology the organization uses to go by the workday.
- Creating a bonding and connection with coworkers and understanding their role and position in the team. This is crucial for better work-health and quality.
- A challenge in remote assessment and onboarding is the lack of tools which can make the manual work minimal and still conduct the entire process efficiently.
- HR personnel habituated with live and personal interaction methods.
New opportunities in remote assessment
There is a horizon of fresh opportunities in this scenario. In the current times of social distancing and getting used to WFH, innovative tools can come to the rescue of HR departments. Why should the word ‘Remote’ put the personnel in a dilemma or discomfort?
These challenges can be tackled easily, thanks to technology. Tech platforms can help in the remote assessment of tech talent.
These tools can remotely
- test coding capabilities
- assess multiple tech stacks
- allow candidates to code in the language of their choice
- use NLP to eliminate personal bias in recruitment
- hold video interviews
- ensure fool-proof proctored tests
- integrate with your current ATS
- instantly draw assessment questions from the question bank
- streamline the process of candidate engagement-from application and evaluation to qualification and selection
- onboard using cloud-based workflow management tool
Innovative software tools can do both simple and complicated tasks: from remote assessment and onboarding to helping them fill out forms on the first day, team interactions in the first week and audio-video connection with the managers, and so on.
And for the HR personnel, training and building familiarity with such tools can lead to the smooth processing of the employee’s onboarding.