So much hangs in the balance of a good or bad hire. Get it right, and you’ll be another step closer to creating a strong, cohesive team with the skills and resources to drive your business’ goals forward. Get it wrong, and you risk upsetting your entire company dynamic. That’s why, with the competition for top talent now tougher than ever before, it’s essential to have a winning recruitment strategy. But rather than pour money towards recruitment agencies or golden handshakes, cutting-edge innovations such as Extended Reality tech (XR) could be the perfect solution.
XR is supercharging the recruitment process by offering more intuitive, data-led and immersive ways to attract prospective employees, select the most suitable candidate for the job, and to efficiently onboard them to their new roles. Whether that’s identifying key skills, analyzing performance or finding the right goal alignment, XR is making it easier than ever for HR teams to get hiring right.
So how exactly can XR help you raise your recruitment game? Read on to discover the ways XR is helping employers to hone the hiring process and how you can use it to build a team that’s fine-tuned for success in 2022.
Reaching the right people
First things first: XR can help you get the right candidates in the hiring funnel. With top talent currently enjoying their pick of potential employers, your company needs to stand out. Prospective applicants want to know as much as possible about the role, and to be sure that your company culture and mission aligns with their personal goals and values. So the more clearly and accessibly you can demonstrate this, the better.
You can offer candidates first-hand experience of your workplace and culture by sharing immersive and interactive video content on your social media channels. These could include 360-degree office tours, or interactive games and challenges in a virtual reality space. You could even follow the lead of Jaguar Land Rover, who set their recruits a VR code-breaking challenge to be completed via an app. By providing this immersive presentation of the role on offer, you’ll be able to attract the right talent at the earliest stages of recruitment.
Selecting candidates with the right skillset
Finding the right candidate for the job relies heavily on finding the person with the right skill-set. And this can’t always be determined by reading between the lines of a traditional CV. XR can help you assess soft skills - such as communication, empathy and conflict resolution - in an objective way, even when you’re interviewing candidates remotely.
Immersing candidates in custom-built VR simulations is a safe and cost-effective way of enabling them to demonstrate these soft skills in real-time. You might get them to show their client-handling skills by interacting with an AI Virtual Human, for example; or evaluate their ability to pitch in front of a virtual audience. Being able to judge candidates based on their demonstrated skill-set and performance will help you effectively narrow down your applicant pool.
Providing a smooth onboarding experience
You’ve chosen the right candidate and they’re ready to become part of your team - but recruitment doesn’t end there! Onboarding is a crucial step in welcoming a new employee, and can spell the difference between success (the new starter quickly begins to add value) and failure (the new starter does not pass their probation, or leaves soon after). To get it right, you’ll need to make the process standardised, scalable, accessible and comprehensive.
Successful onboarding requires you to help new joiners get up to speed with key processes quickly. But limited time and resources, and a rise in remote working, may make this difficult. Using XR, you can provide new employees with bespoke simulations in which they can observe and practise these processes at any time, from any location. Employees are able to dive right in in a safe, risk-free practise environment, and return to the material whenever they need.
It’s also important to support this training with a clearly-defined timeline and goals. Work alongside your new employee to agree on a set of KPIs and targets. Then you can use platform data to track their progress over time and help them identify areas for improvement. This not only results in quicker, more efficient onboarding, but a happier and more confident employee.
As we continue to move through 2022, the sophistication of XR will continue to improve and offer new, innovative ways of approaching recruitment. For those who embrace the potential now, the rewards will quickly accrue; so, to build a team that is ready for the future of work, look first to the tools that are shaping what that future will look like.