7 Essential Job Interview Questions To Ask Employers During Covid-19
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The Importance of Asking Covid-Specific Questions
An interview is your chance to interview the company as much as it’s their chance to interview you.
So many companies and industries have adapted due to Covid-19, and the questions you’re asking these companies in a job interview should be adapting right alongside this.
Of course, there are a few timeless interview questions you should be asking.
But on top of these, here’s the 7 job interview questions you should be asking during the Coronavirus Pandemic that will help you make a first-class impression and an informed decision about whether or not this is the right company for you.
7 Interview Questions To Ask Employers During Covid-19
1. “What impact has Covid-19 had on the Company?”
When entering a new role, it’s important you understand the condition that the company is currently in.
Especially if you end up being successful in more than one position – if you’ve got the choice between a company that’s struggling and one that’s booming as a result of Coronavirus, this will likely be a massive factor in your decision making process.
Of course, this is a great question to ask (it made it onto the list right?) However, you can make it even greater.
If you’re really looking to stand out, think of this question as the baseline, and mould it to relate specifically to the job you’re applying for.
“A lot of candidates have asked: ‘how has your business fared during Covid-19?’ The question was interesting initially, but it started to feel very generic after a while.
My advice would be to hone in on the sector and consider the challenges and opportunities which might have arisen in that particular environment.”
HR Director, Meddbase
2. “What changes have you made to ensure employee and customer safety during Covid-19?”
Asking this question gives you a good idea of the importance the company places on its employees and their safety.
Of course, the interviewer’s response here will largely depend on the company itself – a health and social care setting will require extensive Covid-related safety measures for example.
But aside from this, their answer should affirm that the company provides the standard personal safety equipment, such as face masks/ visors and hand sanitiser, as well as the required social distancing between employees and/ or employees and customers.
The changes made – or not made – will give you a real insight into how the company and management view and handle safety, both for their employees and their customers.
3. “What have you done to support any workers that have been furloughed or let go?”
This is another question which helps you understand whether or not this is a business that cares about it’s employees.
If the company unfortunately had to either let go or furlough staff, question the support they were provided both during and after this happened.
Has the company contacted the employee since? Did they provide sufficient references? Have managers and team leaders given them positive Linkedin comments to help them with future job searches?
The answer to these questions should, hopefully, be yes.
4. “What are the Company’s plans and priorities for the next few months?”
Transparency is key.
You want to know that you’re joining a company that has plans to proactively move forward.
Of course, no one can predict the future, but the interviewer should be able to provide you with a rough draft of what their strategy will be for the coming months.
5. “If I’m required to work from home, what tools and equipment will you provide?”
Make sure you know what equipment will be given to you and what you’ll be expected to provide for yourself.
As well as knowing whether they provide equipment such as an office chair, desk, laptop, office headset, and so on, you need to know what tools are provided throughout the company to ensure everyone can work effectively from home. From team chat apps to video conferencing softwares, make sure the company offers an effective work-from-home environment.
When you have an answer to this question, ask yourself: would I be happy and successful in this environment?
Your answer might depend on whether you’re new to the industry or been in the game for a while. But ultimately, be honest with yourself and with the company about the amount of support you’d need.
6. “What are you doing to ensure that staff who are working remotely don’t feel isolated?”
If you’ve experienced working from home, you’ll know that feelings of isolation can quickly creep up on you.
And with the impact that loneliness has on your productivity and – most importantly – your wellbeing, it’s imperative to question what it is the company and management team do to take care of their remote workers.
From communication platforms like Slack, to weekly video call meetings and events, probe the interviewer about what the company will do to help you feel involved and a part of a team, as well as how they collectively keep company motivation and morale at its peak.
7. “Has the Company learnt any lessons from the pandemic?”
It’s time to assess their risk-mitigation.
What did the company do to resolve any issues associated with Covid? Did they respond quickly to resolve these issues? Did they respect the worries and concerns of their employees?
If some things didn’t go to plan, what would the company do differently next time?
Use your intuition when listening to their answer and contemplate whether they’re a company that will be ready and responsive when the next challenge comes their way. A challenge which, if you land the job, you may be involved in solving.
As an interviewee, you have a duty to yourself to ask relevant and insightful questions, as doing so will help you make the best-informed decision for you.
By asking these questions in some variation, you’ll gain a very in-depth and up-to-date understanding of the company you may be joining.
You’ll also show the interviewer that you’re a big-picture thinker, which will put you in excellent stead for being a strong candidate for the job.
If you do have a job interview looming, whether it’s a video interview, telephone interview, or face to face, here’s the top tips you’ll need to help you ask the right questions, make a stand out impression, and – fingers crossed – land the job!
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