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How is the COVID-19 pandemic affecting international tech hiring?

It’s hard to predict how the situation will change within the next few weeks, but here are a few observations, based on last week’s activities:

1. The pace of hiring IT professionals is likely to remain pretty much the same. Well, I should clarify.

Some tech companies, (primarily those tightly connected to offline businesses), may have to slow down in the short-term, while others, (e.g., gaming, food delivery and online banks), may actually accelerate their hiring processes, taking advantage of the situation to scoop up the best talent in these uncertain times.

Many companies are still proceeding with existing job applications (from abroad), at least for now.

2. Most final interviews are now being done online, rather than onsite.

This may even trigger long-term changes in the interviewing process. Having lunch together with a team, trying to make sure of the fit between a company and a potential candidate, may no longer be the norm, and, in fact, may not even be a practical option.

3. Some applicants are pausing their international job searches, and waiting out the situation. However, many other candidates are still applying for jobs and considering working abroad.

4. While working from home is a new reality for many tech companies, (including, it might also lead to a shift in the relocation experience.

Typically, companies wait until their new hires have received a work visa, and only then start working with them – after their relocation. Today, a new employee might start working remotely, while simultaneously completing the paperwork.

Stay optimistic and wash your hands!

Andrew Stetsenko Tech Talents Relocation

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