Due to the pandemic, the last 18 months has been a turbulent time for many organisations throughout the UK with many facing widespread uncertainty. This said, we are really pleased to see that Early Talent business is picking back up with a large number of clients returning to pre-Covid numbers and once more actively engaging, keen to get their early talent programmes back to normal. This is obviously great news for employers and graduates alike after a tough 12 months or so.
Whilst it is great that the outlook for graduates and apprentices in increasing, the delay and confusion of the last year has led to unprecedented application numbers. A combination of factors including fewer vacancies last year, students who have already graduated but unable to secure a position reapplying this year as well as this year’s graduates has led to a sharp rise in applications. This has resulted in a situation where many clients and organisations are receiving over 150 applications for each vacancy they are recruiting for.
With several stages of the recruitment process having to move to online for social distancing and travel restriction purposes, there has been considerable disruption to what ‘normal’ looks like. It is important to consider how organisations can support candidates with video interviews and online virtual assessment days to allow them to give their best. Whilst technology is vital to supplement recruitment processes, candidates tell us that the human touch is critical and more important than ever, ensuring that communication is relevant, consistent and regular and that technology doesn’t take over.
Graduates and apprentices arriving at their first ‘office-based’ full time role are also having to contend with the substantial changes that the workplace has undergone following the pandemic, whether it be working remotely or coping without the on-hand support of an office ‘buddy’ or mentor.
To examine these issues and more, we are holding our next event on the 7th July ‘How has early talent recruitment changed post Covid 19?’
During the event we will be sharing how technology has adapted and how the candidate experience has changed post-pandemic as well as sharing tips for employers wanting to make the most of their recruitment processes. You can sign up here: