China’s fresh graduates are panicking over claims that Chinese tech titan Huawei Technologies Limited is ceasing its campus recruitment program for 2023.

According to the Times Weekly, the fear rose after several of the firm’s campus hiring groups on social media platforms were disbanded on November 16.

A fresh graduate, Kobayashi, revealed that she had passed multiple Huawei interviews in mid-September and made it to the Huawei school talent pool. The human resources from the company had been in contact with her, telling her that the evaluation process went well. 

The positive feedback gave her hope about an incoming offer, and she stopped applying for jobs in other companies. Yet, Huawei has constantly delayed announcements of new job admission, and the schedule went from early November to mid-November and is now postponed until later in the month. While Kobayashi was consoling herself that she should be patient, her recruitment group was closed.

Kobayashi said she felt like she had been trolled miserably. She said she had contacted human resources again but has yet to receive a response.

As the Times Weekly reports, an online user alleged that a Huawei-certified employee had disclosed that the company was canceling recruitment of domestic undergraduate and master school students. This post has been deleted, and no news outlet has verified its existence.

Chinese media has contacted the Huawei recruitment hotline. A staff member said they had not been notified that Huawei was stopping its 2023 campus recruitment program. The person added that candidates can still submit resumes on Huawei’s official website.

It remains to be seen why multiple recruitment groups were suddenly closed. In August, Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei stressed that the company would cut back on unimportant business lines to survive.

The billionaire tycoon said, “Profit and cashflow must increase even if sales come down. I’d encourage people to fight for profit, and let the chill be felt by everyone.”

In the two months that followed, Huawei ended its office app Link Now, which blossomed for a brief moment when COVID-19 first emerged and demand for remote learning soared.

The company has significantly struggled since it was slammed with U.S. sanctions in 2019 for links to the Chinese military. Besides being limited from accessing essential technology, its business has also been dealing with a slowing Chinese smartphone market.

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