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In 2020, Job Interviews Went Virtual. Here’s How CRE Recruiters Are Making It Work

Alexandra Marvar,

Social distancing, lockdowns and quarantines have changed the way we work, the way we meet, and when it comes to job searches, it is also changing the way we interview.

According to Kati Baker, the director of recruitment for Downtown Apartment Co., a brokerage in Chicago, the demands of the coronavirus pandemic forced a complete overhaul of its recruiting and hiring process in a matter of weeks.

“Prior to the pandemic, our interviews were all conducted in person, so this is the first time I’ve done virtual interviews,” she said. “It was a totally new experience for me.”

While DAC has made several new hires via the new, online process, every new technology has its pros, cons and learning curves. Bisnow checked in with Baker along with recruiters at Walker & Dunlop and Draper and Kramer about how they, and their candidates, are making the shift.

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