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SK Telecom is the latest corporation to interview online

SK Telecom workers demonstrate its video job interviewing platform. [SK TELECOM]

SK Telecom workers demonstrate its video job interviewing platform. [SK TELECOM]

 
SK Telecom will conduct video-based job interviews following in the footsteps of other major corporations embracing online alternatives due to the coronavirus pandemic.  
 
The telecom provider said that the job applicants who have passed the written test will be invited to multi-party interviews in the coming weeks to limit human-to-human contact.  
 
Although online job interviews are common outside of Korea, the method is rarely used by large Korean corporations. They sometimes interview thousands of entry-level applicants in an open, competitive recruitment process.
 
As the company is tech focused, the process will incorporate high-tech devices.  
 
SK Telecom will send a kit box to the candidates. It will have two tablet PCs — one for video conferencing and the other for completing questions and tasks — a data card and a guidebook.  
 
The package will be delivered a week before the interview date, and the applicants will test the devices twice ahead of the interview. After the interview, the box will be returned to SK Telecom.  
 
A video interviewing platform developed by the company will bring four interviewees and two employers together on the screen. The company plans to market the platform to schools that run online classes.  
 
Fitted with its own security program, the recording of the interview will not be made public.  
 
SK Telecom declined to mention the number of the candidates being interviewed online.  
 
“We’ve come up with the hiring process to recruit in a difficult time by pulling tighter different techniques we’ve developed,” said Heo Joon, a leader at SKT’s corporate culture center.
 
The carrier joins the growing number of corporations hiring online.  
 
Samsung Electronics conducted the Global Samsung Aptitude Test last month online, a first for the test that attracts tens of thousands of hopefuls every year.  
 
Daelim Group, which specializes in construction and petrochemicals, conducted interviews online last month to recruit entry-level workers.
 
BY PARK EUN-JEE   [park.eunjee@joongang.co.kr]

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