Lockdown Lets German Bankers Get Jobs Without Leaving Home
Job hunting during the coronavirus crisis may be challenging, but it has allowed some people to secure a banking position without ever having to leave home.
Given travel and contact restrictions, some German lenders say they’ve been filling vacant roles solely through video conferencing and other digital means in the past few months.
“That would have been unthinkable back in February,” said Thore Behrens, a partner at Frankfurt-based headhunter Banking Consult.
BayernLB, DZ Bank and DekaBank — with combined assets of about $1 trillion — are among companies in the industry that have recently awarded job contracts without meeting the successful candidate in person. Most of the people that BayernLB has hired this way applied for junior positions, according to Susanne Kober, the head of human resources. Behrens said his firm helped a lender recruit a new board member using only online interviews.
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