COVID-19 is still changing the way we work, which means it’s changing the way we interview, too. When it comes to asking questions, you want to cover not only what safety measures your potential employer has in place, but also show that you recognize the pandemic is having major repercussions for companies. Here are a few questions to ask.
- What problems does this role help your company solve during these challenging times?
The pandemic has made it difficult for companies to operate as usual, and many are not hiring in they way they traditionally would. If they are hiring, that means they have a very specific need that has to be filled regardless of the pandemic. Asking this question shows that you’re both interested in the company as a whole and want to help to the best of your ability.
- I’ve seen that your company values [insert key qualities here], what other employee qualities have you found essential since the pandemic?
With COVID-19 causing many companies to rethink many long-held processes and procedures, employers have discovered new qualities they value in employees. These can range from independence to a willingness to accept constructive criticism. Your interviewer’s answer will reveal quite a bit about the company’s culture, and you can see where you fit in.
- What current COVID-19 safety measures do you have in place?
This question has two purposes. On one hand, you want to know what kind of work environment you might be stepping into if the company extends an offer. On the other, your interviewer’s answer will help you understand how much the company values employee safety. If they aren’t making much of an effort to protect their employees from COVID-19, you might want to reconsider working there.
- What does working remotely look like for your company?
If the company you’re interviewing with is having employees work from home, you want to know what that work structure looks like. Some companies have strict protocols to follow and programs available to keep track of your time. Others have a more lax structure, or no structure at all.
COVID-19 is still changing the way we work. What work looks like might very well change completely in a year. And that makes it all the more important to ask the right questions.
Have you had an interview during COVID-19? What questions did you ask? Let us know in the comments section below!