Interviewing and Joining 3Search Remotely
The interview and onboarding process for a candidate has changed and adapted largely as a result of the national lockdown. Having interviewed and secured a job remotely, I thought I would share my experience of this.
I studied English at Loughborough University with the intention of doing a Law conversion course. However, after completing a summer internship, I discovered it was not quite right for me (I promise my interest was not just sparked as a result of my addiction, to the American drama series, Suits.) As for everyone else I spoke to, the general assumption was that I planned to be an English teacher due to my degree choice.
Truth be told, I had no idea myself and as for Recruitment, it was never something that had been discussed to me as a career path. It only came to my attention after a Recruiter bought about the idea, whilst discussing an entirely different job they were working on at the time.
I began researching and talked to a few people I knew that worked in the industry. I loved what I had discovered and I knew it was important for me to find a company that I truly felt was a great fit. A business with an excellent company culture and a place where I could grow and succeed. Something I thought to be a little difficult to fully find and experience remotely… That was until Sarah Selisko came along and became my new favourite contact in my phone, quite quickly setting up the interview process for me.
Before the global pandemic, preparing for an interview would consist of making travel plans, polishing your shoes (can’t say I ever did that) and ensuring that you had a firm enough grip for that all-important handshake. Instead, I was preparing by finding the quietest room in the house that provided sufficient lighting and the best Wi-Fi connection. I found myself testing the sound capabilities of my laptop by recording the most cringeworthy video. Alongside making sure that I was aligned directly in front of the camera by piling the right number of cushions onto an office chair.
For me, it is usually the anticipation whilst travelling that makes me nervous, alongside the fear of being late due to my awful sense of direction. Especially when it comes to navigating around London. Therefore, it was a much calmer event interviewing in the comfort of my own home.
I thoroughly enjoyed the interview process. It probably sounds cheesy but I have never met such a lovely team of people. For me, a business is reflected by the people that work there and I felt myself yearning to be part of the team.
The process itself went pretty quickly, much to my delight. After meeting the three Directors, a Manager and two potential teammates, I was over the moon to receive an offer. Before I knew it, I had been sent a laptop and I was sat at the kitchen table waiting for my Manager to join a video call. From then on came a lot of training, I met the entire team and I was tasked with my first ever job, to my surprise!
Of course, being onboarded virtually does have some disadvantages. There is no office ‘buzz’ and you are unable to constantly learn by listening subconsciously to other teammates. Not to mention having to work at home with the constant temptation of the fridge being next to you…
However, there are also many positives! I believe that I will be far less nervous going to the office having already met people online and have had a better understanding of the job itself. I would say it has made me more proactive and extremely focused on the work I am doing. More than anything else, I believe the business you join plays the largest part in this transition.
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