It’s unfortunate to see that hundreds upon thousands of jobs were lost
due to the closure of businesses. This pandemic has not just placed a dent in
the healthcare system, but also crushed the economy. Businesses have to
furlough their employees due to the lack of income. You’re lucky if your
business managed to continue its operation despite the situation. You might
even have to hire more employees to meet the needs.
For instance, businesses related to delivery have become more valuable.
The same applies for streaming companies since most people are at home. If you
have to hire more employees, you might not see them in person to conduct a face-to-face
interview. Despite that, you can still pick the best candidate with these
Conduct an extensive background check
You need to check the resume used for application. Make sure the
information received is factual. You can also look at the social media pages of
the candidate to check previous posts. Some companies have to fire
their employees for previous insensitive, racist, or discriminatory posts.
You can’t afford to have this type of employee in your team.
Optimism is key during interview
During the interview, you can spot the specific qualities a candidate
has. Of these qualities, you need to look for optimism. In today’s crisis, you
need someone who remains positive. Given what’s going on, it would be
challenging to find someone who can see the light at the end of a tunnel. You
need this person to boost your team. Even your current employees might no
longer feel good. You don’t want to add someone who will further drag the mood
down. An optimistic person will also remain productive which is a good thing
for the business.
Call the references
Apart from the interview, you will know more about the candidate through
the references. It helps if you can call the persons listed as references on
the resume. They will be honest in talking about the candidate and tell you if
everything you know is correct.
Ask questions related to working from home
If you think your current method of operation will pursue over the next
months, the employee you’re going to hire will most
likely work from home. You need to know that you have someone capable of
staying productive even while at home. You also need an independent and
resistible employee who will excel despite limited supervision. If you can
sense that the candidate will find it difficult to work remotely, you might
have to find someone else. Under normal circumstances, the candidate might have
the right qualities for the job. However, the current situation requires
Take your time to look for the right person. Don’t suspend your plans to
hire if you think that the post needs to be filled right now. You don’t want to
pause all operations because you have a vacancy yet to fill.
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