The pandemic is affecting all aspects of our lives, and the job interview is no different. With that in mind it may be worth you preparing to be asked some Covid-19 related questions if you are seeking a new role or currently in the interview process. Here is our shortlist of potential questions to consider before your interview:
How do you feel about working from the office when the pandemic is over?
It’s going to be a big step for us all when we eventually do return to the office, and it could be quite a daunting prospect for some of us to transition to a busy office environment. If working full time in an office environment is something which you do not feel comfortable with now or after the pandemic subsides, even when government guidance says it is safe to do so, you may want to only look for roles which are completely remote working.
What are your motivations for a career move during this time?
This question could potentially be a bit more complex due to Covid 19, and recruiters and employers will want to know why you are considering a move during such a tumultuous time. Our recommendation is to be honest and answer with the utmost of integrity. If you have been made redundant, or have been furloughed and you’re simply using the time off to consider better options for you in the longer term, then be open about your motivations when ask
What have you learned about yourself during the pandemic?
Recruiters, employers and hiring managers are bound to ask you to tell them a bit about yourself as is standard practice during the process leading up the interview. However, you may also be asked to reflect on what you have learned about yourself during the pandemic. This gives prospective employers and insight into your emotional intelligence, so make sure you are prepped on what your answers will be to this question before the interview stage.
Is the job feasible for you to do at home?
Any firm hiring at the moment or in the future months will probably be conducting all the interview, offer and eventually on boarding processes via remote means. Be prepared therefore for questions around your ability to work from home and what resources you have to hand to facilitate the role, for example whether you have a dedicated home office or sufficient wifi connection.
Finally, also remember to practice your video conferencing etiquette. Make sure you are prepared for any calls or video conferences, and you have familiarised yourself with all the technical capabilities before conducting a video call.
If you would like any other advice, or are considering a move, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01245 208000 or email us at email@example.com and one of our dedicated accountancy practice consultants will be on hand for a confidential chat.