We've all heard about — or personally experienced — the difficulties of finding good, qualified workers in manufacturing. Now add the coronavirus to the mix.
You may be able to access a larger pool of applicants because of layoffs at other companies. But how do you do an interview? Do you want to overlook someone just because they don't have access to Zoom for a virtual interview?
Auto supplier TG Missouri, a supplier of injection molded parts such as instrument cluster bezels, glove boxes, exterior trim and safety systems, needs workers for the third shift at its New Albany, Ind., plant. The company is using management consulting group Staff Management SMX, based in Illinois, to conduct the hiring process.
After applying, potential employees are directed to a parking lot where an interview is conducted either with the person in their car — at reserved spaces to keep the cars apart — or outside the car, with both the applicant and the hiring agent maintaining social distance.
"It's different because you're not in the office ... but that recruiter actually comes up to you and is totally dedicated to you," Staff Management Director of Operations Erin DeWeese told Inside Indiana Business.