Report Shows Larger Employers More Likely to Recruit Virtually in 2020-21

October 5, 2020 | By NACE Staff

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Spotlight for Recruiting Professionals

Larger companies are more likely to recruit virtually during the 2020-21 academic year, according to the forthcoming NACE Report: COVID-19 Quick Poll Series.

This suggests that larger organizations are more likely to have the necessary infrastructure to conduct recruiting virtually. More than 15% of companies with more than 20,000 employees will recruit virtually this year. This is followed by 14.3% of organizations with 10,001 to 20,000 employees and 13.3% of companies with 5,001 to 10,000 employees. Conversely, less than one in 10 respondents at smaller size organizations are expected to do so. (See Figure 1.)  

NACE conducted a series of monthly coronavirus quick polls—from March through June 2020—to assess the impact on and response from colleges and employers in our field. The four quick polls addressed a variety of topics, including office closures, travel restrictions, internships, plans for fall recruiting, on-campus activities, changes in budgets and staffing, revoked offers, delayed start dates, virtual onboarding, and changes in service provision. The NACE Report: COVID-19 Quick Poll Series will be available later this month. Full results of NACE’s Coronavirus Quick Polls are available at

Figure 1: Respondents that will do virtual recruiting for the 2020-21 academic year, by company size

Company Size
More than 20,000 employees
10,001 to 20,000 employees
5,001 to 10,000 employees
1,001 to 2,500 employees
2,501 to 5,000 employees
500 or fewer employees
501 to 1,000 employees
Company Size Percentage
More than 20,000 employees 15.4%
10,001 to 20,000 employees 14.3%
5,001 to 10,000 employees 13.3%
1,001 to 2,500 employees 8.3%
2,501 to 5,000 employees 7.7%
500 or fewer employees 6.7%
501 to 1,000 employees 0.0%
Source: NACE Report: COVID-19 Quick Poll Series, National Association of Colleges and Employers