Social Distancing Tips During Pandemic for Job Interviews

Applying for jobs in the time of physical distancing

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the way we work. Times have changed and the conditions for finding jobs and even its availability may have changed. Rest assured that we at Workbank are dedicated to connecting employees and employers and supporting the Filipino workforce in every way that we can.

While the lockdown has been lifted in the Philippines, we still need to be cautious when going out. Remember that health and safety is top priority, so remember to practice physical distancing at all times.

If you applied for work and the recruiter invited you for a face-to-face job interview after the ECQ, make sure you follow proper safety protocols:

1. Practice social distancing at all times – From the time you step out of your house, through the commute, your interview, and until you get back to your house, stay one meter apart from the next person.

2. Leave for the interview much earlier than you normally would – Allow for harder and longer commutes. Plus, expect long lines as you enter buildings and offices for temperature checks.

3. Dress appropriately but skip the accessories – Watches, earrings, and bracelets are extra surfaces for the virus to stick to, and extra things to clean when you get back to your house.

4. Avoid shaking hands – A wave would do and your interviewer would understand! And since you’ll be wearing a mask, you have to learn how to smile with your eyes. Practice in front of the mirror if you have to.

5. Sanitize any documents that will be handed to you – Anything you might have to take home from the interview, like your interviewer’s business card or a list of requirements, would have to be sanitized. The sun is a natural sanitizer, so just leave them out in your patio or balcony for a day or so.

Protect yourself and the people around you. If you have a good internet connection and are confident you can do the job interview virtually, don’t hesitate to convey to your interviewer that you’d rather have a video interview than a face-to-face one. For a successful virtual interview, we’ve got you covered.

Remember, everyone’s health and safety is top priority! Go out only when absolutely necessary, and for everything else, take it online. But first, let’s get you those job interviews!

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