Or how to face a selection process in the new normality, where the current rigidity in protocols and the scarcity of opportunities can add a plus of insecurity.
Unemployment is one of the main concerns that the coronavirus crisis has brought with it once the health emergency has been overcome. Thousands of people have already lost their jobs and in this context of new habits, it is normal that questions arise about how to face a selection process. At first, the companies chose to conduct the interviews by video call, but with the return to normality, more and more companies are citing the candidates in person.
Many companies indeed continue to require a face-to-face interview to make a decision. This is important for both parties, not only for the client but also for the candidate, because it allows them to know the office environment, understand well how long it will take to go to work based on traffic, see face to face those who. in the future they will be her companions or her potential boss … That is, human contact, luckily, we are not going to lose it completely.
To avoid possible errors or uncomfortable situations we can ask, before going to the appointment, what indications are being followed to access the offices or the headquarters where we have been asked to come.
Normally, before going, it is the company itself that sends a security protocol. A Dubai based company says we send it 24 hours in advance and in that document we indicate, for example, that they will have to pass a temperature control upon arrival at the building, that they must come with a mask, that they will have disinfectant gels whenever they need it to wash their hands , etc.
In the case of not receiving this type of instructions, it may be us who are interested in them. Asking about the security or reception is not only not inappropriate but also gives a very professional image.
You are the guest: wear a mask and watch what the rest do
In the specific case of the mask we must, by default, follow the general recommendation: wear it whenever a minimum distance of two meters cannot be guaranteed. In the context of a job interview, it is better to sin by excess than by default. At the end of the day you are the invited person, the one who comes from outside and you should not only keep precautions for yourself but for the rest of the company.
The head of Human Resources does point out that during the interview it is important to differentiate two moments very well: an initial reception and presentations in which we must be very cautious, and anothore relaxed afterwards. Upon arrival, we must follow the visual indications that have been established on the floor and in the reception, for example, we can ask if we can sit down or not. In this situation, it may be better to wait standing and avoid posing our things in a place that should not be, so as not to convey an image that is too carefree.
Once we have been located in the interview room and only when we can clearly maintain the safety distance with the interviewer and he invites us to do so you can take off your mask for a while to chat, offer the best of yourself, and and then put it back on before you leave. Most businesses are going against the face mask usage campaign a detailed report by CNBC
Give up shaking hands, but look for an alternative
The initial greeting with the interviewer is one of the moments that can generate the most confusion, but it is advisable to give up shaking hands.
We are learning to greet again. We have very established social habits and it is part of our culture. For this reason, the expert suggests being cautious, showing empathy and waiting a little to see what the other person is doing, as the company will guide us. Any company usually has a protocol for visits, interviews or customers and, normally, it is they who guide you.
Another option, is to verbally anticipate the situation by commenting on the inability to touch. In the end, it is still an affective gesture of body language. We can try to replace it with a smile – if we are no longer wearing the mask – or with a hand gesture.
Pre-test at home to gain confidence
If it is normally a process in which we are already nervous, the current rigidity in protocols, the lack of opportunities or high competition can add a plus of insecurity.
It is a complicated period, And in this framework, what is valued in the candidates is flexibility or resilience. In other words, the ability to understand that we are at a time when we are probably going to earn less or when there are going to be reorganizations in companies and we will have to do other types of tasks.
Certain skills will now be more in demand: Autonomy, goal orientation, the ability to manage and self-manage remotely or be able to work for goals rather than direct orders are competencies that it is much more important now than it was four months ago.
And can we ask about future teleworking or reconciliation plans that the company contemplates? if it is something important for the candidate, it should be considered. Perhaps not in a first interview, but throughout the process.