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Top Remote Recruitment Trends in 2021 Revealed

Published: February 25, 2021 In: Remote Hiring

Recruitment, as we know it, has radically changed over the past couple of years. The pandemic further hastened the industry to adopt remote methods of working and recruiting. Without enough knowledge on how to navigate the situation quickly, companies became eager to maintain business continuity while embracing remote recruitment.

That’s why Talview released the Global Remote Hiring Trends survey in December 2020 to explore the key recruitment trends that talent leaders and recruiting teams expect to see in 2021. It was a worldwide survey to understand the latest trends in recruitment and the technology gaps that globally and culturally aware enterprises need in order to build effective remote recruitment processes for the future.


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We surveyed more than 145 organizations across 20+ countries and 15+ industries, with respondents from companies like Amazon, Disney, Kelloggs, Uber, HCL, Stanford Health Care, and Red Bull. The survey covered the themes of Breaking Geographic Boundaries and Diversifying Talent, Remote Hiring and Work, Candidate Experience, Recruiter Experience, and Remote Hiring Technology.


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In this blog post, we will highlight some of the key findings of the survey. 

Recent Trends in Recruitment

Fully Remote Hiring Process

One of the striking revelations of the Remote Hiring Trends Report was that 80% of the respondents have shifted to remote methods for their interviewing and hiring process. What the industry has been trying to do for a while now was suddenly accelerated due to the pandemic.


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The respondents said that they have completely moved their pre-screening round or their final interview round online. Some said that they have started hosting events online.

 “Exploring and implementing new tools and techniques for better candidate experience and virtual onboarding process, and continuous communication.” - Survey respondent

They all shared the feeling that remote recruitment makes the process more flexible, accessible, and saves time. Candidates do not have to live in the same area or even city as that of their employer. 

Tech positions ranked as the most popular among the respondents to hire remotely, followed by Management, Sales and Marketing, Operations and Finance, and Customer Success.

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One company representative expressed that they have been able to do away with background checks or drug screening with the help of remote hiring. Others still faced legal challenges such as needing wet signatures as a mandate for employment in certain countries.

“We have more positions that can be 100% remote. We are expanding our sourcing across the U.S. and other countries. We are also asking our hiring managers to consider a wider reach.” - Survey respondent

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Do Away with Geographical Barriers

Coming back to remote hiring, 38% respondents said that one of the biggest obstacles to hiring beyond local regions is the organizational mentality that in-person teams perform better than remote teams. When they were asked if they think they could find better talent if not limited to candidates who lived within commuting distance of their offices, 79% respondents agreed.

“It might be but distance is not the case. It helps to attract more candidates and gives us the opportunity to get the potential one.” - PT Nestle, Indonesia

Improve Diversity with Remote Hiring

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The survey also explored the themes of diversity and inclusion in recruitment. 79% of respondents conveyed that remote hiring could help improve diversity in their organizations. 

Emphasis on Candidate and Recruiter Experience

Talking about candidate & recruiter experiences, the survey confirmed that there is an increased focus on improving candidate experience in recruitment this year onwards. 

When asked how they were doing so, one respondent said that they launched many initiatives facilitating virtual candidate engagement in their organization. Another commented that their organization switched from face-to-face interviews, onboarding, and follow-up meetings to online video interviews.

“We make the candidate experience as digitally fluid as possible - we have relaunched our Work from Home site and improved the process of Initial system assessment for the candidates.” - Survey respondent

When asked how satisfied the respondents were on a scale of 1-10 with remote work, 71% respondents agreed that they were fully satisfied and voted for 8 or above with 37% voting for 10.


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Future Trends in Recruitment

Digitize Recruitment

According to the survey, the biggest technology in demand for companies in 2021 is an end-to-end technology platform for everything from resume screening and skills assessments to candidate interviews.




Survey respondents hoped for more innovations in the areas of recruiting chatbot, screening assessments, better interview and ATS integrations, and more all-in-one platforms. Other answers included better hiring collaboration and post-offer engagement tools.

Regarding adopting new remote hiring technologies, respondents said they plan to increase their use of these tools:

  • 39% want more video interviewing tools
  • 13% want more online technical skills assessments tools
  • 12% want more online soft skills assessments tools
  • 44% want more interview coaching & analytics tools
  • 94% want more virtual event platforms

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In Summation

To sum it up, the TA industry globally is quickly adapting to the changing workforce structures and becoming more agile through technology and innovation. Organizations that swore by conventional face-to-face interactions are seeing the benefits of remote hiring trends and taking the initiative to change.

The increasing emphasis on providing a good candidate and recruiter experience in hiring is a positive sign for candidates, recruiters, as well as employers worldwide. If the recruiter is happy, they will be more productive and help the employers find the best and most suitable talent.

Organizations need to invest in remote recruitment tools for better and faster hiring. End-to-end, AI-powered hiring solutions like Talview enable organizations to fully automate their hiring process and hire quality candidates efficiently. Employers can also provide a stellar experience to its candidates and recruiters with Talview’s 100% mobile capabilities.

Access the full Global Remote Hiring Trends survey to review these and other findings.

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Written by: Olivia Gomes

Olivia is a Content Marketer at Talview. She completed her graduation in English Literature and MBA specializing in HR, so she combined her two interests and now writes about HR tech updates and latest trends in the world of talent acquisition. Her other interests are traveling, writing, and deconstructing the psyche of people around her.

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