Despite the massive unemployment numbers reported each week, companies are still hiring. In fact, the U.S. economy gained 2.5 million jobs in May and the unemployment rate dropped to 13.3 percent. Job candidates with specialized skills, who don’t need a lot of direction or handholding, are especially in high demand because most employers are anticipating their workforces will remain remote until 2021.
Interviewing has also gone remote with most hiring managers meeting with candidates over Zoom and other video platforms, where it’s easy to get distracted by factors that don’t necessarily indicate whether an applicant is equipped to do the job. Typical distractions include whether the candidate is using a virtual background, not looking into the camera, or having a fixed unnatural gaze into the camera. Other factors that don’t relate to hire quality: their bedroom décor; what’s on the bookshelf in the background; connectivity issues; whether their dog is barking; or, their child inadvertently walked into the room.
In this post-COVID reality, we have become less interested in perfect Instagram moments and more interested in connective, heartfelt, moments, especially as community members in the United States and across the globe came together to protest against police violence and systemic racism in