By asking these questions, you can better understand which company you are going to join. They will also show the recruiter that you can solve problems, work as a team, keep your finger on the pulse of events and think big.
Now is not the time to forget that an interview is also your chance to interview a company. So many companies and industries have changed due to the pandemic. It is your responsibility to ask insightful questions so that you can make the most informed decision.
During the interview, ask 5 questions that are relevant during the crisis and will be relevant after it.
1. What are the company’s main problems now, and how will this position help mitigate them?
Any company that decides to open a new position during a crisis believes that a specific role is essential for its growth and development. It is important that the candidate understands exactly what problems the company has faced or may face as a result of the crisis, and what its future role in solving these problems is, depending on the company.
This question will help you understand the main points and features of the job description. The answer will give you an idea of what to expect if you get a job.
At the same time, the recruiter will notice that you are worried not only about your own benefits from the work, but also about how you can contribute to the achievement of the company’s goals.
2. What tools or practices have you used to keep communicating and collaborating, and to support employees while self-isolating and working remotely?
While some companies have allowed employees to work remotely for several years, others have only allowed their employees to work from home since the crisis began. In this regard, they have undergone many changes.
It is more important than ever to know which culture you are joining with. Especially if you are applying for a managerial position.
This question will help you better understand how the team is coping with difficulties, making sure that you join people who are trying to rally and get work done even in the most unpredictable situations. And also to understand how the work processes in the company are arranged now.
3. What qualities of job seekers have become more important to you now, during (or after) the crisis?
During a video link interview, it is quite difficult for a recruiter to determine how quickly and well a candidate can fit into a team. Professionalism and shared values are the two main things that companies look for when hiring. Therefore, it is your duty to do your best to show the interviewer your values, work style and personality.
Asking this question is a great way to show that you understand the importance of this aspect in hiring.
And also, what do you understand: when working remotely, the personal qualities of employees become especially important, team building is changing and this is normal.
4. What changes were made at the time of the crisis?
The first 90 days at any company are critical to successfully joining the team. As a potential new employee, you should find out how the company plans to work on your adaptation in the face of distancing:
- What new methods are they using to make sure your first weeks at the company are productive for both parties?
- How do they plan to befriend you with other employees after hiring?
- What tools or training do you want to provide after you join the team to make sure you are well informed and well equipped?
- How long do they intend to work remotely before returning to the office if they haven’t already?
This question will help you feel secure if you accept a job offer. He will also show the interviewer that you plan to be a valuable asset for the team from the first days of work.
5. I know that things are pretty uncertain right now, what are the company’s priorities and plans for the next few months?
Transparency is key right now. If your future company cannot be honest with you as a job candidate, then most likely they will not be honest with you when you become an employee.
Of course, none of us can accurately predict how events will unfold, but answering this question will also give you clarity on how the company is preparing for the challenges ahead. And is it getting ready.
Job security is never guaranteed, but at least you will know that you are joining a company that has a forward-looking strategy.