Hiring despite Corona
Even though the prospect of a purely digital entry into a new company may have caused some doubts, the applicants were not intimidated and accepted the challenge of such an unusual integration and orientation process. Ismael Botrahi, Junior Project Manager from Düsseldorf, recounts his start at Arvato Financial Solutions:
“After the initial interview, the lockdown occurred. In a follow-up meeting with the team, we then discussed quite openly whether it would be reasonable and possible to hire me in this unusual phase. Both sides believed that with appropriate preparation and planning, a good onboarding can be done remotely. Decisive for me was the passion of my colleagues to integrate me from a distance. The team has developed a very good onboarding plan. The start was therefore successful”.
Arvato Financial Solutions has continued to hire employees despite Corona. As many applicants made clear, this is not a self-evident fact. Stefan Friedel, IT System Administrator Linux, also accepted the challenge of stepping into new and above all unfamiliar terrain during such a situation.
“I was not aware that Arvato was hiring despite Corona, so I was very happy when the company contacted me. That was how I became aware of the vacant position,” Stefan says.
Other employees, on the other hand, were fortunate enough to start their job at least briefly in the office and to get to know their teams and explore their workplace themselves before the lockdown. Some even helped to prepare not only themselves but also their colleagues for the transition into Home-Office, such as Eva Molinero, who joined Arvato Financial Solutions in Spain in February as a Marketing Manager.
“I started the application process in January. It proceeded very quickly, and I was able to start working in February. A few weeks after I started working, the Corona pandemic occurred. I had to adapt quickly to the new situation and helped the team prepare all computers, equipment and communication tools so that my colleagues could also work from home,” Eva reports.