Remote hiring trends from the world’s biggest brands: Amazon, Disney Uber and more


Last year rapidly impacted the way we recruit and hire the best talent. While we’re all growing accustomed to the benefits and challenges of remote work and virtual hiring, what key trends are skyrocketing? Here are the top remote hiring trends from the world’s biggest brands you can use to bolster your remote hiring processes. 

A recent survey by AI-powered candidate experience software provider TalView explored key trends talent leaders and recruitment teams expect to see this year

The survey results compiled exclusive insights and predictions from some of the world’s most recognisable companies, including: Amazon, Disney, Uber, Kellogg’s, Zoom, Red Bull, iCIMS, Garmin, Vodafone, Huawei, Indeed, and more.

As TechRepublic reports, “the once ‘new normal’, and now just ‘normal’ has not only changed the way employees and companies find each other, but the nuances and practices regarding ongoing relationships between HR and staff. Unique in this report: respondents are from companies many people aspire to join.” 

In the survey, respondents shared how their hiring processes had changed since the onset of the pandemic. Some organisations transitioned from a hiring process involving several face-to-face interviews to a single remote interview. Even in countries with certain legal requirements around physical signatures, companies still implemented completely remote hiring processes. 

Other companies indicated virtual interviews and new employee orientations were becoming the norm and are examining how to potentially transform other traditionally “in office” positions into remote positions. Some respondents said they have done away with background checks and certain screening processes, as well as cut travel, looking for qualified candidates in a wider arena to streamline hiring. These companies are using electronic signatures on contract agreements, conducting online assessments, and implementing continuous communication strategies. 


Video interviewing is the tech hiring teams can’t live without  

It’s no surprise for some of the biggest employers in the world, video interviewing topped the list as one of the most important remote hiring technologies. While the majority of survey respondents (55%) used video interviewing prior to the pandemic, the vast majority (77%) stated they planned on using more post-pandemic. 

Respondents expressed while they’re still working through long-term plans, they’re focused on ensuring virtual interviews are a positive experience for candidates, through their interactions with both the panel and technology.

Many of these leading organisations have also launched campaigns to facilitate virtual engagement and building their brand’s social media profiles to improve their reputation as an employer. 

Read more: 4 reasons virtual hiring is here to stay in 2021

As one participant who has worked remotely for 20 years highlighted: “My philosophy is you hire talent first – the technology is there to support the work.” 

Overall, HR teams have harnessed technology extraordinarily well: 80% of survey respondents stated their company’s interview and hiring process was fully remote. Approximately three-quarters of respondents stated they were satisfied with how well remote staff worked and were satisfied with remote work technology.


Can remote hiring increase diversity? 

Though remote hiring, organisations can attract a higher volume of candidates and a wider, more diverse talent pool. Candidates are no longer limited by commutes, locations and other lifestyle factors. 

79% of survey respondents agreed remote hiring helps foster diversity in their organisations. As one respondent stated: “I love the ability to attract from anywhere in the country, which automatically increases our diversity of experience and thought.” 

Of the most popular remote roles, IT positions topped the list, followed by management, sales and marketing, and operations and finance. 


Obstacles in remote hiring

The survey did reveal few negatives. Firstly, organisations’ mentality as a whole tended to believe in-person employees were more effective than remote workers. Secondly, many hiring managers sought local candidates. 

The reasons organisations preferred to hire locally included: wanting to hire where their customers were, jobs requiring in-person customer interaction, and compensation and legal considerations. 

Read more: Unlimited talent – Hiring in a global remote-work economy


Companies want innovation 

Looking ahead, respondents revealed the technology and tools which have been successful for them so far. Talent professionals are seeking video interviewing technology, online technical skills assessments, online soft skills assessments, interviewing coaching and analytics tools, and virtual event platforms. 

The participants may work for huge household-name companies, but they’re still planning for the future by looking for innovation in recruitment chatbots, screening assessments, all-in-one platforms, and better interviewing and applicant tracking system (ATS) integrations. 

Read more: Why your ATS matters less than your tech stack and integrations

Many of the world’s most recognisable companies are also hoping to facilitate better hiring collaboration and post-offer candidate engagement tools. 


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