It’s clear that the global pandemic that has consumed 2020 has also changed the way our professional world operates. If you’re in an active job search or feel like you may be one of the next victims of a layoff or furlough at your work place, understand that interviewing has changed.
Not only are the questions you will be asked different, but the questions YOU ask SHOULD be as well. Companies have reinvented their work environments due to COVID, and it can leave candidates with questions that need to be answered.
As you prepare for your next job interview, there are some things you will want to consider:
✅ 𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐦𝐲 𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐛𝐞 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐠𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐭𝐞𝐚𝐦?
Companies usually have an onboarding process that may include a week or more of touring the office, meeting key department heads, attending new employee orientation, etc. If you are working remotely, onboarding from home can be tricky. So, what are the plans they have in place to integrate you into your new team? The sooner you are incorporated and engaged, the sooner you will be able to demonstrate you were the right pick for the job.
✅ 𝐇𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐛𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐭 𝐛𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐟𝐮𝐫𝐥𝐨𝐮𝐠𝐡𝐞𝐝 𝐞𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐨𝐲𝐞𝐞𝐬? Asking this question gets to how they value their staff. You can ask how many employees they had to lay-off temporarily or permanently. How a company treats and values their employees will show you a lot, and may help you determine whether this is a place you want to work.
✅ 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐜𝐞𝐝𝐮𝐫𝐞𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐞𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐨𝐲𝐞𝐞𝐬 𝐝𝐢𝐚𝐠𝐧𝐨𝐬𝐞𝐝 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐂𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐝? Most companies will have a protocol in place by this time, but you should know what it is. If they don’t have one, you may want to rethink this company.
✅ 𝐁𝐞𝐜𝐚𝐮𝐬𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐬𝐨𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐝𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐭𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤, 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐩𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐩𝐮𝐭 𝐢𝐧 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐮𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭 𝐞𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐨𝐲𝐞𝐞𝐬? There are many different types of changes they could have made. There are physical changes within an office building, such as office spacing, cleaning procedures… They could also be offering mental health support to employees struggling with the challenges of this long-term pandemic or losing a family member. The types of supports they have made gives you an idea of the culture and how well the company works together.
✅ 𝐈𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐩𝐨𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐫𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐭𝐞? This is an obvious question, but there are ramifications if it is. What tools do they supply to outfit your office at home? Do you know how to use the technology and collaboration tools? What are you expected to provide yourself?
The more you know about specifics before accepting an offer of employment in today’s unpredictable work environments, the more focus you will be able to give to your new job duties.