Coleman says the realization that the company hadn’t taken any real precaution with in-person work during the pandemic, combined with the sterile office environment, ultimately cratered her interest in the job. Moreover, a company’s plan for returning to the office can potentially speak volumes about how it values its employees on a broader level. If a workplace is having everyone follow a rigid order that not only doesn’t give you a say in your work schedule, but also subjects you to potential health hazards, then it might be time to move on to other opportunities.
Other good, current questions to ask in a job interview
In a remote or hybrid work setup, it’s important to ask how a company might create its culture. If a lot of that organic, real-world interaction can’t occur—especially if people are allowed to live far away from a physical office—then it’ll be smart to ask how camaraderie might be engineered. This is a question to ask a recruiter, or to bring to a hiring manager, in order to get their perspective on whether or not these efforts work.
You also have every right to ask whether a company has instituted a vaccine mandate for its returning workers. Obviously, if there’s something of a don’t ask, don’t tell policy, that could compromise the health of everyone in an office setting. There’s no clear through-line in this regard, as some companies have different policies on vaccinations. Make sure you understand where you stand on this issue (we recommend it’s on the side of mandatory worker vaccinations).
Given that a host of very modern issues from outside the workplace are now bleeding into our working lives, it’s important you consider these things; you’ll be glad you brought them up in your next interview.