Staying informed is the best way to stay ahead in your job search during these uncertain times.
The COVID-19 crisis has hit every business in several ways, and the job market is no exception.
For job seekers, understanding how the situation is impacting the overall hiring process is imperative to prepare for a job search in the right direction.
So, let’s see how the hiring process is changing.
1. Transiting to the online hiring process
Hiring is one of the key activities where face-to-face meetings between recruiters and job seekers have always been a basic requirement.
But, it is not the same anymore!
Companies are taking extreme measures on their hiring processes to keep themselves and others safe.
Therefore, they are transiting to the online recruitment process.
Looking at the current scenario, the online onboarding process for new employees can soon become a new practice for many companies.
2. Screening through virtual interviews
The entire situation has brought tough conditions for recruiters as well.
To avoid coming in contact with others, physical interviews are discouraged and are switching to virtual interviews everywhere.
There are simple tips that can help you ace a virtual job interview.
Prepare in advance by downloading any software required, practicing several mock interviews at home and maintaining the right facial expressions.
These are all important factors you should keep in mind before attending a virtual interview.
3. Focusing on virtual job fairs
Companies are focusing more on virtual job fairs and virtual job tryouts and considering them as an ideal opportunity to search for job applicants.
With this, hiring managers would be able to respond to job applicants’ queries related to a job opportunity in their company.
4. Automating recruitment solution
For companies hiring in the crisis and beyond, it is the time to invest in a touch-free and automated hiring solution.
Many companies are planning innovative software to automate their entire hiring process end-to-end.
For example, video interviewing, automated scheduling, chatbot interaction, and online hiring assessments.
5. Focusing on all possible hiring precautions
Apart from switching to remote hiring process and communication with job seekers, hiring managers are also adopting other ways in the wake of the pandemic to ensure complete safety.
Many companies have slowed down their overall hiring for a few months, while others route to completely freezing their hiring process.
However, you should utilize this time to keep your job search active by tracking and applying to companies that are still hiring.
Work from home has become the “new normal” overnight.
Now, only the time will tell if these new changes in the recruitment process that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought are going to stay or not!
Whatever the changes may come, as a job seeker you need to stay informed, prepare well, and carry on your job search actively!
All the best!