OdishaPlus Bureau

Following the unforeseen disruption of the coronavirus pandemic, companies are now resorting to intelligent automated systems that offer virtual screening environment and interviewing experience, instead of conducting in-person interviews.

Companies have taken the rising global health crisis very seriously and are concerned about the health of their employees and until this public health emergency is contained, corporates are shifting their entire recruitment strategy to virtual platforms.

“Since, the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, we have had few interviews canceled..they are postponed to mid-April or later. Some of the companies have opted for video interviews only if the role is for a key position and there is an urgency to hire. Most of our interviews have moved to telephonic or video calls instead of face to face meetings,” a spokesperson of Antal International, a global executive recruitment organization said.

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Companies are checking the travel history (official and personal) of the past three months, also their medical history is getting checked. However, if they have any illness, status of illness, track of residence locations, any address update that needs to be done is also done.

“Critical business functions need not be brought to a standstill. Instead, virtual onboarding and engagement can be initiated by leveraging digital solution suites like virtual hackathons where team members could come together to discuss present and hypothetical business challenges.

“Work management could be optimized through work from home, virtual meeting platforms, and other adaptive working practices,” said Siddhartha Gupta, chief executive officer of Mercer|Mettl.

Virtual platforms help the talent acquisition team to stay connected with the candidates through the entire interview process by video calls and still can connect on a real-time basis with the candidates.

The usage of online assessment has been increased as part of the hiring process especially for the IT and Tech roles, to quickly filter and move candidates to the next level, experts said.—PTI

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