Job-hunting activity for next spring's graduates will enter a crucial stage Monday as companies start gearing up for the recruitment process, with many likely to adopt web-based interviews and exams in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

More applicants are receiving job offers without ever meeting their future employers or coworkers. While both students and businesses can protect each other from catching COVID-19 and reduce traveling expenses, many say they are dissatisfied because they can't get a "feel" for the other person from a distance.

"I would like a job that lets me work with people," or "I think you would fit this job, with your personality,” were some of the comments made during a recent online interview between Oberin University senior Sakura Tabuchi, 22, and Kenichiro Iguchi, 40, who is in charge of human resource at Junseien, a social welfare corporation that runs nursing homes and other health facilities in Kanagawa Prefecture.