It’s no secret the coronavirus pandemic has upended what’s “business as usual” in all areas of our lives, and the job search process is no exception. With more companies adopting telecommuting as a viable long-term option, the look and feel of the interview process is evolving.
If you’re in the middle of interviewing for a new opportunity, here are a few pandemic-inspired changes you might notice as you make your way through the process.
A presumption of video-call professionalism
While nothing can compare to the energy and experience of meeting a potential employer in person, video interviews are the next best thing, and chances are, you’ve become quite familiar with them during quarantine. So if you’re interviewing via Zoom, Skype or Hangouts, companies will expect you to put your best professional foot forward. A few must-dos before any video interview: Check (and double check) your internet connection in the exact location where you plan on taking the call. Have your resume on hand for easy reference, and make a “cheat sheet” of any bullet points you hope to mention, or questions you might have. Finally, dress the part — wear what you would normally wear to an-in person interview. Not only is this expected, but research shows the way we dress also impacts the way we process information.
New interview questions
If you’re getting ready to interview, you might be preparing for the typical interview questions about your skills, past experiences, strengths, and weaknesses. But there are a few more you should look out for, including questions about your experience with remote work. The interviewer will likely want to know how you’ve adapted to working remotely, your familiarity with technology, and how you’ve handled communication with your colleagues and direct reports while you’ve been unable to collaborate in person.
Expectation of adaptability and resourcefulness
We’ve all been asked to adapt our personal and professional lives in ways we never thought would happen. When it comes to the job search process, your potential employer will be eager to learn about the creative ways in which you’ve embraced change, honed your skills, and networked during this time. On the flip side, you’ll also likely have to be adaptable to the way the company’s hiring process is changing as a result of the pandemic, and the growing pains that might come along with it (like unknown budgets and timelines). If it takes a little longer to hear back, be patient. Everyone is trying to adjust together!