Jobseekers across the country will be able to interview for thousands of jobs from the safety of their home next week when the UK’s largest job site Indeed launches its first virtual National Hiring Days on November 10-11.
Indeed’s new virtual interview technology means people can book their own interview slots for roles from across a range of sectors including retail, logistics and care and even wait for their appointment in a virtual ‘lobby’.
For employers, the National Hiring Days remove technical hurdles and speed up the interviewing timeline by delegating the administrative tasks to Indeed. It reduces the time to hire from an average of six weeks to a matter of days or even make on-the-spot job offers.
More than one dozen companies are taking part in the free event with some 2,000 roles on offer across England and Scotland.
|Sector and employers||Available jobs|
|Retail: Morrisons, Lidl||300|
|Insurance: Direct Line Group||100|
|Logistics: DHL, Yodel, UPS||460+|
|Care: Bupa Care Homes, HC-One, Four Seasons Healthcare, Voyage Care Group, Care UK, Priory Group, Elysium Healthcare, The Orders of St Johns Care Trust, Maria Mallaband, Affinity Trust, Sunrise Senior Living||1000+|
The hiring drive comes as unemployment has risen to its highest level in three years and hundreds of thousands of people have been made redundant after Covid-19 turned the jobs market on its head.
The online setting means that those living under newly imposed Covid-19 measures are given the opportunity to connect to potential employers.
How to attend virtual National Hiring Days
Book interview here: https://events.indeed.com/virtual_hiring_day/44/
Top five interviewee tips for a video interview
Research the company
Within the description of a hiring event, employers will leave important clues about what to expect. They may also include job requirements, such as necessary certifications, requirements of the job or other details that will help you determine whether it’s the right fit for you.
Check your internet connection
Try to find a quiet location with a good internet connection and a computer or laptop with a webcam. It’s also a good idea to check that your webcam and audio are working and to close any windows, tabs or applications on your computer that you’re not using. As a backup ask the interviewer for a phone number where you can reach them if you experience technical difficulties.
Virtual interviews might be a different experience than usual but some things remain the same. You should aim to dress professionally and if in doubt stick to what you would wear for an in-person interview.
Remember body language
Eye contact is very important during an in-person interview so try to avoid the instinct to look directly at your interviewer on the screen while you’re answering a question. Instead, when you speak, direct your gaze towards the camera lens.
Don’t fret any interruptions
Accidents and mistakes happen so the best thing to do if something unexpected happens is to try to remain relaxed. Interviewers are getting used to interruptions like your video or audio stopping working, noise interruptions and people entering the room unexpectedly.
Bill Richards, managing director at the global job site Indeed, said: “We know these are anxious times and with millions of people facing unemployment many will be left wondering what to do next. Indeed is here to help and our virtual National Hiring Days easily connect jobseekers to employers so they can quickly find work or make new hires. Our research shows finding a job is one of the top priorities for people in the UK and our technology makes it easier for people from all backgrounds to interview for and even be offered roles.”
John Hardman, chief people officer at Yodel, said: “As we prepare for the run-up to Christmas we have a number of vacancies across the business and we’re excited to be working with Indeed to help those looking for their next role. As part of this, we have
introduced our virtual interview process, ensuring convenience and safety for all. At Yodel we pride ourselves on our people, and our colleagues all enjoy the team spirit and opportunity to play a part in important community initiatives such as delivering food to NHS hospitals.”
Jeremy Richardson, chief executive officer of Four Seasons Health Care, said: “Whilst care homes continue to face enormous challenges Four Seasons Health Care remain committed to looking after the overall wellbeing of our residents and maintaining the very highest standards in safety and care by investing in its teams.
“We’re currently recruiting more than 1,000 roles and virtual interviews have been a really safe and effective way of finding the right people for our homes during the pandemic. Real-time face to face conversations and more flexible interview times to fit around the individual provide a great candidate experience and have speeded up the whole hiring process to help us get the right people into the right roles quickly and efficiently.”