- Home Depot is on a massive hiring spree for the spring rush.
- In order to hire around 80,000 store associates, Home Depot is reportedly putting some new in-house technology to use.
- The home improvement retailer’s campaign features a few strategies that other retailers are unleashing in the war for talent that has arisen in today’s tight labor market.
A Home Depot spokesperson told Business Insider that the company is well on its way to hiring 80,000 associates “to staff our stores for our busiest selling season.”
The company is looking to fill both permanent and seasonal part-time jobs. The spokesperson said that Home Depot has seasonal positions “available in the front end, lot and garden departments to assist with the anticipated spring sales growth.”
“Seasonal assignments last up to 120 days, but in years past about half of these associates have transitioned into permanent roles with the company,” a spokesperson told Business Insider. “So, it’s a great way to get your foot in the door.”
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Spring is to the home-improvement business what the holiday rush is to most other retailers, so the timing of Home Depot’s big hiring spree isn’t surprising. But some of the retailer’s methods do signal a shifting hiring environment.
Reuters reported in 2018 that the company planned to bring on 1,000 tech professionals. Home Depot talent acquisition executive Eric Schelling previously spoke about the importance of attracting tech candidates by offering tantalizing projects to work on. During this current campaign, it appears that one such in-house project is being used to bolster the company’s hiring experience.
A Home Depot spokesperson told Business Insider that the company’s hiring teams will use “a tracking tool that shows where applicants are in the hiring process.”
“The goal of this tool and Candidate Self Service, which we launched last year and allows candidates to schedule their own interviews, is to speed up the hiring process and make it easier for candidates to control their hiring journey,” the spokesperson said.
A new Home Depot employee described the hiring process to Business Insider, saying that it was “incredibly easy” and flexible. The employee said that shortly after they applied, they received an email listing a number of time slots for an interview. After the employee received an offer for a part-time position, they submitted a cheek swab drug test and Home Depot launched a background check.
“Here is where it gets amazing in my view: I was kept updated every step of the way online,” the employee said. “Two days after the interview, I received a call from the store’s HR person to schedule a start date and time to fill out tax forms. I was even paid for completion of paper work. As someone that is fairly technical, I remain blown away by Home Depot’s process.”
This streamlined process could prove to be an asset as Home Depot contends with a tight labor market. Retailers like Target and Costco have bolstered starting wages, while McDonald’s is providing employees with more academic perks than ever.
But Home Depot — and other companies that adopt similar technology — could set themselves up for success by offering candidates a pain-free, easy-to-navigate hiring and onboarding process.
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