2020 has been an interesting year, to say the least. “Change” has been a constant and given fact. On a personal level, many people have a hard time with change. We are creatures of habit and like our routines – like our daily Starbucks coffee and breakfast muffin. However, our personal lives are not the only things experiencing change. With travel restrictions, and mandated state-level quarantining and social distancing, on-site interviews have become a challenge for many companies, particularly in the mining industry. Suddenly, this is not your parents’ interview.
As a recruiter in the industry, I immediately noticed a change in interviewing trends: they pretty much stopped. It was a hard push on the breaks, and then, silence. Interviews were canceled or put on hold and hiring temporarily halted. It seemed that companies were not sure how to proceed in the new landscape.
The Interview Evolution
But then – slowly – phone interviews were scheduled; then video interviews started. While for some companies, video interviewing has been a mainstay in their interviewing portfolio, the mining industry was not one that has embraced it – until now.
What I am seeing is excitement and total adaptation of video interviewing. I am now hosting video interviews for my clients. I even hired an incredible candidate without the candidate and client ever meeting in person! The scalability of the product and clients’ adaptability to embrace the technology has gotten interviews flowing again.
The change in 2020 has been challenging, but good things have come from those challenges. Life goes on. Clients, candidates, and yes – even recruiters – have risen to the occasion.
I think interviews of old are fading, and a new interview landscape is emerging. Change is good.
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