How the COVID-19 Pandemic Changed Job Hunting

Job hunting and career development in 2020 and beyond varies vastly from what we became accustomed to in the past 100 years. These changes include items like the job search process and the job interview as well as the type of jobs available.

The greatest changes involve a lack of social interaction because both the process and the work now get accomplished in the cloud. Here’s a quick rundown on what changed the most.

  1. Virtual everything for now.Since no person wants to chance to breathe on any other person, human resources departments began remotely conducting everything since April: the advertising, such as the Dynamics 365 jobs page; the interviewing, mostly on Zoom; the onboarding using various programs like PeopleSoft, and most of the work. Virtual interviewing leaves much to be desired since you lose personal interaction. The interviewer misses important cues such as body language and mode of dress as well as personal hygiene cues. To make the best impression, prepare as if you were having an in-person interview. Also, check your headphones and mic to ensure they work properly. Show up a few minutes early for the appointment so you can sign into the app if needed and test and adjust your camera. Let other members of the household know ahead of time that you will have an interview so they remain quiet while you speak with your potential employer and do not walk into the camera view.
  2. Prepare now for a much longer interview process.Your initial interview may remain at the same length as it would have been in person, but you may need to attend more than one virtual interview. The follow-ups may include more than just the hiring manager. If the company wants to do multiple interviews, take this as an encouraging sign. It means the hiring manager really wants to get to know you. Feel free to ask when the company will make the hiring decision.
  3. Get ready for lots of questions. To make up for the lack of personal interaction and to better understand a potential employee’s resilience and ability to produce under stress, interviews now ask more questions about how the interviewee handles challenges. They may ask you how you handled personal hardship, work conflict, etc. Practice answering this type of question ahead of time.
  4. Consider digital show-and-tell for your interview.With virtual officing and video calls as the new way of doing business, you must communicate effectively using these methods. Show the interviewer how succinct and creative you are and how it enhances the entire team’s productivity. Show them the app at which you’re a whiz, whether it’s Excel, Visio, BublUp, etc. Prepare a digital portfolio ahead of time so you can wow them with your expertise.

Some things stayed the same. You still need to ask your own questions of the interviewer. You need to understand the changes to the work process. Your job will probably begin remotely although many positions will transition to in-person.

 

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