Job hunting can feel daunting at the best of times. So how do you manage a job search, virtual interview, and an onboarding during a pandemic? For our series of Career Insight, our latest talent placement Alexis shares how she overcame an end-to-end virtual job search experience.
How was your experience for job seeking and interviewing remotely?
I have been working from home for a long time before all this happened, and so fortunately for me, I’m used to this way of working and communicating with teams. I felt comfortable with the whole experience.
What advice would you give to others who are looking to grow their careers right now?
I wouldn’t say it’s the easiest time to apply for a job, a lot of people questioned how and what happened, a lot! But the best thing I suggest is to persevere during this time. Use the time to learn more skills and refine your CV or Linkedin page, network online. If you’ve worked hard to progress in your career, then why stop now. The support is there.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome during the online interview process?
It was straight forward – in fact, my biggest challenge was explaining how I wanted a job for the long haul.
How did you communicate with both your recruiter and your interviewers during this remote process?
We spoke over the phone initially but mostly caught up on Skype. Of course, there will always be a slight impact when any technology is involved; glitches and even Wi-Fi connection. But this is normal. I didn’t see a big difference between in-person and meeting on Skype, we were both mindful of this.
Do you have any tips for others on conducting yourself in virtual interviews?
To be calm and be yourself. In my case, having some tea helped me relax during our time. A bonus comfort for remote interviewing!
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