The spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19, is not only impacting the way people travel and work, it’s changing the ways we find work as well. In order to reduce the number of people physically interacting with employees, an increasing number of big firms are cancelling face-to-face job interviews.
Google was among the first to shift all job interviews from in-person to their Google hang-outs app. ““In light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and to protect our candidates’ and interviewers’ health and wellbeing, we will be conducting all Google interviews globally virtually via Google Hangout for the foreseeable future,” the company announced last week.
Both Facebook and Amazon quickly followed suite, announcing that they would not be holding any on-site job interviews until the virus crisis had passed.
LinkedIn is the latest tech company to embrace the trend. The professional networking company announced, “In light of the recent coronavirus outbreak and with everyone’s health being LinkedIn’s #1 priority at the moment, all candidates who are scheduled to come onsite are being given the option to either complete their entire interview virtually via BlueJeans video conference, or cancel their current schedule and hold off on rescheduling until coming onsite is possible.”
What does this mean for you?
Given the current situation, you may have your job interview delayed – or you can expect to see more and more companies conducting phone and video job interviews for the foreseeable future.
That can actually work to your advantage – as long as you prepare properly. A video or phone interview is still a formal job interview, and the potential employer will be deciding on your candidacy based on your performance.
Dress up, groom, and get to a quiet place to conduct the interview with no distractions. In the case of a video interview, make sure your background is clean and uncluttered. Employers can be judging you on that too.
Remember to smile and be upbeat and friendly. Even if you are taking into a computer, you are interacting with a person on the other side, and you want them to like you. Even though the interviewer cannot see you over the phone, they can hear a smile. The warmth and tone of your voice changes when you smile. You will sound more content and confident in a phone interview if you are smiling.
And once you land the job, you’re going to have to go in and meet the team in person. Stay safe. Here is how to protect yourself from the coronavirus at work.