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Pandemic May Have Permanent Effect on Hiring Process

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An Amazon recruiter gives advice to a job seeker holding her baby at an Amazon Career Day event in Arlington, Virginia on Sept. 17, 2019. (Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 29 June 2020 08:48 PM

Job seekers and hiring managers are mostly OK with the virtual job-interview process foisted upon them by the COVID-19 pandemic — so much so, many plan to continue the process once the crisis is over.

According to a new study by Zenefits, 58% of hiring managers say they plan to keep conducting virtual interviews even after COVID-19 precautions are lifted.

The survey interviewed 1,018 people, 810 of whom were employees, and 208 who said they were hiring managers. A total of 77% said they had a positive experience if they had a virtual interview, though slightly more (50.8%) said an in-person interview made them feel more confident.

Still, virtual interviews also made them feel less stressed, though in-person interviews made them more-comfortable negotiating a salary.

Many still prefer the virtual method for now, however. More than one-third of respondents said they will not attend an in-person interview until all COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted. That said, 86% still would attend in-person if it meant getting their dream job or a higher salary.

But even during those in-person interviews during a pandemic, 80% said hiring managers should wear a mask, and 76% of hiring managers agreed.

As for pluses and minuses, on the positive side, hiring respondents said virtual interviews provide flexibility, protect interviewers and interviewees and assess communication skills, among other things.

As for negatives, they cited, problems with connectivity, webcam and audio issues, and potential fraud.

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The virtual job-interview process foisted upon them by the COVID-19 pandemic might remain after the virus abates.
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