LinkedIn is an American employment-oriented service mainly used for professional networking including employers posting jobs and job seekers posting their CVs. Yesterday, on 5th March, LinkedIn said to its applicants that they can conduct their job interviews online. LinkedIn also informed that maybe they must delay interviews until an unspecified date.
Now, I guess everyone must be obvious about why they are doing this. Yes, you’re right, it’s because of the ongoing novel Coronavirus outbreak, that has put everyone in fear. LinkedIn job interviews will be virtual in the future and this was known by an email sent to an applicant from the LinkedIn staffing team.
Email has been Sent for LinkedIn Job Interviews
In light of the recent coronavirus outbreak and with everyone’s health being LinkedIn’s #1 priority at the moment. All candidates who are scheduled to come onsite are being given the option to either complete their entire interview virtually. The interview can be held virtually via BlueJeans video conference, or cancel their current schedule and hold off on rescheduling until coming onsite is possible.LinkedIn
LinkedIn came up with this solution after Google had also sent a similar email on March 4. Google said that all the job interviews would be done virtually due to the Coronavirus fears. Before that, Facebook on Monday said that it is cancelling most walk-in job interviews. Indefinitely, Amazon has also put on-site job interviews on hold from last week.
When The Verge asked for a comment, LinkedIn did not have anything to say about its interview policies. However, a company person gave them a statement regarding the necessary actions the company is taking in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
We are taking steps to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus. By using guidance from global health experts and with the health and safety of our employees as our top priority. This includes recommending all San Francisco employees who are in a job that can be done from home should do so through the end of March. We’ve also asked employees to postpone all non-essential business travel. We have made the decision to not participate in external events in March and April.
Other Companies taking Coronavirus Seriously
Google, Amazon, IBM, Microsoft, and Ford have also restricted travel due to the ongoing outbreak. Facebook, Twitter, Apple, Netflix, WarnerMedia, and now LinkedIn has also pulled out from the SXSW conference. The conference was scheduled to occur between March 13 to March 22.
The deadly Coronavirus COVID-19 has infected more than 97,000 people worldwide, with over 170 confirmed cases in the US. More than 3,300 people have died due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Sources: The Verge