5 NEW Questions To Ask Your Interviewer!

COVID-19 changed how we do work.

But it also changed how we find work.

Now that some time has passed since the pandemic forced companies to reconsider their approach to business, it’s time for YOU to reconsider your approach to a new company!

And one of the parts that requires a review is the interview. Particularly, the part where you’re asked: “Do you have any questions for us?”

In today’s article, we’re going to look at 5 new and important questions for you to ask your interviewer, as a result of the pandemic.

Let’s go!

1. What pandemic precautions has your business been taking?

A great way to learn how well an employer protects their staff is based on the safety precautions they have taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Some employers may have gone completely remote, which also shows their agility as a company.

And others may have still required employees to work in-person, but in what capacity?

Do they follow local guidelines? Or are they lackadaisical about government policies?

The same employer that is willing to bend the rules in their favour (at the risk of their staff) might be willing to do the same in other areas, like your hours or pay.

2. What remote work resources do you offer?

If this employer is one of those who has initiated all or partially remote work for their team, it’s important to know if they are offering their team everything they need to succeed.

Ask about remote resources, such as tools and platforms that they may use to assist in collaboration.

What training tools do they use? How will you connect with your peers?

It’s also an opportunity to see how they invest in their infrastructure.

3. How has your company stayed connected during the pandemic?

The pandemic has had a direct and dismantling effect on company cultures everywhere.

Working remotely, or at least socially distanced, has put a strain on the connectedness of professionals.

And in a world where it’s easy to feel like we’re drifting apart, ask your recruiter what they’ve been doing to keep people together.

What morale boosting events do they organize? Do they encourage virtual meetups?

Seeing how much they care about bringing their team together should help you decide if you want to be a part of that team.

4. How has COVID-19 affected the way you do business?

There are two types of answers to this question that should give you pause.

The first is that it’s still “business as usual”. That employer may be trying to sweep how bad it is under the rug, or isn’t mindful of the pandemic.

The second is that they’ve had a significant downturn, or had to downsize most of their staff, but haven’t changed their approach.

It wouldn’t be fair to say that businesses had it easy, but it’s important to find an employer that exhibits a reasonable amount of stability thanks to their agility. Because it’s very likely that something will affect the business once again during your time there.

And whether it’s a pandemic, or a drop in sales, or a fierce competitor — you want to know that your business can weather the storm.

5. What lessons have you learned from the pandemic?

Managers who encourage and support their team’s personal and professional growth lead by example.

Asking how your hiring manager handled things, and how they’ve turned obstacle into opportunity, will show you just what type of management style you can expect.

Are they willing to work with their team on their personal goals? Were they able to solve the problems presented by the pandemic so everyone could stay productive?

A mindful manager is able to learn and adapt so they can better support their staff.


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