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The coronavirus crisis that has established itself over the past few months has caused the world of business and many people’s careers to turn on their heads. First and foremost, many people have lost their jobs, as their employers have been unable to keep them on during this challenging time. Secondly, there are many people who have had time to reflect on their career choices and have realized they’re not all too happy in the roles that they’re currently within. This means that more and more people are either currently turning to the job market, or plan to return to the job market once the pandemic subsides. Now, for many of us, the recruitment process is a distant memory and we may be struggling to remember what we need to expect while going through it. So, here’s a quick run-through guide on some of the steps you may face!
First, you’ll need to apply to any roles you’re interested in. This will generally involve submitting a resume and some sort of cover letter. It’s good to adapt your resume to the job description of each role you’re looking into. This will give you a better chance of standing out from the crowd and will show dedication and attention to detail from the start. Nowadays, some employers are also asking for a short video to be submitted.
The next step is often a phone interview. This will be a quick chat to (usually) run through your resume and get a feel for your character. The potential employer will also likely run through the basics of the role to ensure it’s something you’re definitely interested in.
Next will generally be a face to face interview. Depending on the position, you may be asked to complete a task to show during the interview. It’s simple to prepare for a standard job interview. Just be open, honest, positive and prepare answers to some of the most commonly asked interview questions.
Some employers will want to carry out a pre-employment medical check. This will help them to accommodate any potential weaknesses you have and adapt the workplace accordingly.
Most employers will ask for references. This is to check that your previous experience can be verified and so that they can check you were a good employee in your last place of work. To simplify the contract review process, read this article by Johanna Ryan.
Some background checks may also be carried out. This is generally a requisite in roles that involve working with vulnerable individuals, such as children or the elderly.
As you can see, there are many stages to the standard recruitment process. But none are anything to be worried about. Half of the work will be done on your behalf, you simply have to sit back and wait for them to be completed. In regards to the interviews, preparation is key. Do your research on the company and everything should be fine!