5 top hiring and recruitment trends for 2022

February 23, 2022

In 2022, organisations everywhere are looking for a way to recover from 2020 and 2021. Even those that have emerged from the pandemic smelling of roses face another challenge in 2022 — the escalating war for talent.

Fortunately, several recruitment trends have emerged to counter this problem. Organisations that make use of these trends stand a good chance of bouncing back in 2022; those that don’t risk losing out on vital personnel.

  1. Proactively Engaging Candidates Early

While proactively engaging candidates is common practice in executive hiring, seeing it for entry-level positions is new. As passive recruiting loses effectiveness because of the skills gap, proactive HR staff are wooing candidates by reaching out to them early and often during the recruitment process, aiming to become the employer they pick from what will likely be a smorgasbord of offers.

  1. Advanced Screening Tools

Skills tests and behavioural assessments are playing a bigger role in hiring because they offer quantifiable data on candidates’ skills and abilities. Skills tests allow employers to shorten the hiring process by screening candidates more effectively–a vital adaptation, as good candidates will have several employers racing to make them offers, and the fastest mover may win.

Behavioural assessments help employers gain insight into the candidate’s motivations, personality attributes, work ethic, and cultural fit with the company.

  1. Attracting Candidates With Remote Work

The pandemic has dramatically accelerated the work-from-home revolution, and most candidates now consider some level of flexibility a must, not a nice-to-have. This means offering home or hybrid working wherever possible is now vital to attract the best candidates and to retain existing talent.

  1. Focus On D&I

It’s now common knowledge that a diverse workforce fuels innovation, boosts creativity, and leads to higher profits. In 2022, the business world will place increased focus on diversity and inclusion, including the use of innovative candidate evaluation tools to eliminate unconscious bias.

  1. Data-Centric Recruiting

Recruitment and hiring are becoming more data-driven, using data analysis to gain in-depth insights on candidates. Companies should make full use of data to automate redundant processes, cut down on busywork for human HR staff and show how the organisation can streamline candidate evaluation.

While 2022 will be full of uncertainty, these recruitment trends will help organisations hire and retain the right people to take full advantage of the opportunities the year brings.