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?
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