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Job hunting? This CEO is hiring and interviewing remotely – he has advice

While most of the economy is shedding jobs at an unprecedented rate, some industries – notably online retailers and call centres (and agriculture) – are booming.

Hiring and interviewing potential employees is, to say the least, quite tricky right now.

How are these industries conducting interviews and hiring in an age of social distancing?

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Lester Kiewit interviewed Karl Hammerschmidt, CEO of RunwaySale, a local company that is hiring amid the economic depression.

Kiewit asked him what has changed, and if he has tips for people who are applying.

It’s a new world. You, quite simply, have to embrace it… We’ve interviewed and hired people we haven’t met in person yet... It’s worked out well…

Karl Hammerschmidt, CEO - RunwaySale

There are many things somebody looking for a job can still do to try and impress a potential employer…

Karl Hammerschmidt, CEO - RunwaySale

Dress appropriately. Make sure you don’t have dirty laundry in the background. Read up on the company…

Karl Hammerschmidt, CEO - RunwaySale

There’s no denying it [that some people don’t have good or affordable internet access].

Karl Hammerschmidt, CEO - RunwaySale

There are roles you can’t do remotely, like in our warehouse… Our team had to come in, but we’re providing private transport…

Karl Hammerschmidt, CEO - RunwaySale

If a candidate doesn’t have a laptop, then we make it a WhatsApp call. Once they join us, we provide them with the necessary tools… It’s not lost on me that it’s more of a challenge for some than others.

Karl Hammerschmidt, CEO - RunwaySale

… 90% of our consumers were aged between 20 and 35. Over the last couple of months, the number of customers we’ve seen in the 55 to 65, and even older, age groups – it’s quite incredible how the whole country is embracing it [online retail] …

Karl Hammerschmidt, CEO - RunwaySale

It will be great when we can go back and see each other in person. But I don’t think we’ll ever go back to five days a week.

Karl Hammerschmidt, CEO - RunwaySale

Listen to the interview in the audio below.

This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Job hunting? This CEO is hiring and interviewing remotely – he has advice