The COVID pandemic has brought disastrous changes in almost every sphere of human lives. With millions of infections and a hundred thousand deaths, it has significantly impacted our economic conditions.
Research from the University of Sydney in Australia suggests that the pandemic has already cost 147 million jobs globally and consumption loss worth $3.8 trillion during this period. There have been numerous instances of job losses of mid and senior-level employees in corporate organizations across sectors.
When can we expect things to normalize?
It is evident that looking for a new job has become really tough during these uncertain times. As many organizations are laying off profusely, traditional hiring has been significantly disrupted. Employees of the service sector have been the worst hit. With the hospitality industry coming to a standstill, we have seen major job losses amongst hotel and restaurant staff. However, things are likely to recover sooner than we expect.
As per a survey conducted by Naukri.com, most of the surveyed recruiters think that normalcy in hiring may happen in the next three-six months. In contrast, 15% think that it may take more than a year. The survey took response from 1,600 human resources and recruitment heads. While one-third of the surveyed people said that there had been no layoffs, 15% confirmed layoffs.
Things may be a bit more difficult for mid and senior-level employees. Getting re-hired is not an easy task thanks to the high remuneration packages. Startups have also given huge shocks in the job market over the last few months.
During these tough times, companies are now striving to manage their current workforce and have consequently frozen any new hiring. Some of the most impacted sectors include Hospitality, Aviation, BFSI, Construction, and Staffing.
Normalcy in hiring may return in the next three-six months.Naukri.com survey of 1,600 recruiters
However, healthcare and pharmaceutical industries have shown decent growth in hiring. When we think about the hiring of mid and senior-level employees coming back to normal, we have to consider the current situation of major cities with respect to COVID-19. With rising assumptions of an upcoming vaccine in a month or two, expecting normalcy before the ending of 2020 may not be an over-expectation.
Look out for these signs in an interview
Even during these times, a few companies are looking for mid and senior-level executives. As the job market has become really competitive, it’s now hard to get a clear idea of how your job interview went. Here are certain points that may help you gauge how likely are you to get the job.
Micro-expressions are your way to go. Even if the interviewer always maintains a neutral tone and expression during the interview, try reading between the lines. With a certain degree of reading the interviewer’s expressions, you can know if the interview is on the right track. Consistent nods or similar expressions may mean approval.
Micro-expressions of the interviewer is the first way to determine how the interview is moving along.
In addition to judging expressions, you must look for definitive language. If you get to hear anything related to long-term association, you have higher chances of getting the job. Word choices like “when” instead of “if” or “you will” instead of “you would” are signs to be taken seriously.
When you have aced the interview
You may get certain hints from the questions asked or the discussions you had with the interviewer. If the interview suddenly shifts to your personal life from professional life, you may consider that you aced the interview, and now you may be judged whether you are fit to blend with the organization’s culture or not. Try giving honest and well-balanced answers to even the simplest of questions. These may be asked to judge your personality better.
If the interview suddenly shifts to your personal life from professional life, you may consider that you aced the interview.
Interviews are generally driven on the candidate’s suitability for a team. If you are marketed to any senior leader of the company or any of your superiors, then it may be taken as a hint that you might get an offer. There may be discussions about your past remuneration package or the package you want. These all signs are to be taken positively.
On the other hand, if the interview focuses solely on your shortcomings, like your lack of experience or academic degree, then it is okay not to be very optimistic about the result. Similarly, if the interviewer entirely avoids talking about remuneration, then it might also be a hint that you need to look for any other opportunities.