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Amid COVID19 crisis, Tech companies switch to video conferencing mode for hiring

Amid COVID19 crisis, Tech companies switch to video conferencing mode for hiring

Although the rise in COVID19 patients hasn’t been much in scale in respect with the population of India, but certainly the country needs to be in severe precautionary mode for the next few weeks.

The next few weeks are crucial and that would tell the fate. The central and state governments are taking appropriate measures with foreign visitors and steps to check the coronavirus spread. 22 states are under a lockdown, some have it partially, others under a complete lockdown.

Technology companies are switching to the video conferencing mode to hire prospective candidates even as they brace for a larger slowdown in various business segments.

Companies such as Cognizant, Wipro and NTT are using virtual meetings to interview and select candidates in an effort to carry out business as usual. However, onboarding of selected candidates is being postponed until April.

CEO of Cognizant, Brian Humphries in a note to employees earlier this month said:
“All our candidate interviews are now virtual and when we onboard new hires, they also undergo the same process we use for visitors to our facilities.”

In a similar email to employees, IT services peer Wipro said “face-to face meetings with potential candidates must not be scheduled until further notice”, as the company takes to video-conferencing for hiring. Companies are also using this as an opportunity to use advanced applications within video-based platforms. N Murali, director – human resources & alliances at NTT India, said the company had ramped up video-based hiring in the past six months as reported by Economic Times.
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