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Millions of people have lost their jobs due to the global pandemic. Although many areas are still in various states of lockdown, some states are beginning to reopen their economies and businesses are beginning to hire once again.

Once the dust settles, what can we expect from the hiring process in the future? With more companies shifting to remote work for safety and convenience reasons, will in-person interviews become a thing of the past?

It’s hard to say anything for sure right now. Too much is in flux, and each company will continue to set their own hiring standards and processes. Still, there are some changes that both candidates and employers can expect in a post-COVID-19 world.

Candidates Will Ask About Health Benefits

In many countries, health insurance is not an employer’s responsibility. But in the United States, it’s an important benefit that has become even more relevant during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people have lost their health insurance in addition to losing their jobs and are struggling to get the care and medications they need.

Companies that want to be competitive in hiring the best workers need to realize that candidates will ask about health benefits and take the employer’s policy into consideration when deciding whether or not to accept the position. However, health technology has helped bridge the gap to provide the services companies and employees need at a lower cost.

Tech-Focused Organizations Will Evaluate Candidates From Afar Via Remote Tasks

Bringing candidates in for interviews is risky right now, and the trend toward remote hiring will probably continue for some time, especially in industries like tech. Although it’s always better to meet candidates in person, video chat and even remote skill validation will help to bridge the gap until we can safely work in the office setting once again. As some companies debate switching to remote work permanently, virtual evaluations will become even more important.

Companies hiring for tech positions like web development, business analysis, and data managementmight get creative and start having candidates complete remote tasks to ensure that they have all the required skills and knowledge for the job. Most tech jobs can be done from anywhere with an internet connection, and it’s important for candidates to demonstrate that they can complete tasks remotely.

Tech Will Also Help Speed Up the Interview Process

When you stop and think about it, interviewing candidates is a highly inefficient process. Candidates and employers have to take time out of the workday and coordinate their schedules for a meeting that may ultimately end up being a waste of time.  

One silver lining of the COVID-19 situation could be a permanent shift in the way we approach interviewing. Instead of emailing back and forth about the date and time of the interview, recruiters and HR managers can send out interview invitations that applicants can complete on their own time. Or, hiring managers can create video interview blocks in a calendar app and invite candidates to schedule a convenient time, eliminating the back-and-forth of traditional scheduling.

Of course, every company will have its own screening process preferences. But there’s a lot of room for improvement in the applicant screening process. Streamlining the way companies interview candidates will be especially important as millions of people start looking for new jobs in the wake of COVID-19.

Emotional Intelligence Will Be a Huge Priority

Over the last few years, we’ve learned a lot about the importance of emotional intelligence (EQ) in the workplace. Communication breakdowns happen all the time in the office but are even more likely in remote work environments. For this reason, employers may be hyper-focused on hiring people who display high levels of emotional intelligence.

Video interviews are a great way to evaluate EQ remotely. Unscripted interviews will help hiring managers to evaluate how a candidate interacts with others and how skilled they are in communication.

Flexibility is Key We’re all trying to figure out how to get work done while staying safe. The interview process is changing rapidly, and it’s important for both job-seekers and employers to be patient and kind. No one knows exactly what will happen, but the good news is that we have the technology to conduct interviews remotely as needed. Everything else will fall into place over time!

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