You may still be trying to figure things out on your end, especially how to navigate this new reality of many unprecedented circumstances. You may be facing challenges working from home, having to deal with your own personal stressors – from financial woes, health irregularities, family issues and work-life balance. For some, the struggles of securing a job to sustain one’s self and family, during this time, may also be taxing.
But here we are, to guide you, on probable questions an interviewer may ask, post, or during, this pandemic, which may hopefully take you a step closer to securing that job you have been eyeing.
How are you handling the stress of this pandemic?
This is where an employer tries to assess your ability of being productive, in light of stress. Be upfront, and forthcoming. If you have been having difficulties coping, be open about it, as there is no shame in admitting struggles. It only goes to show your openness in communication, and, in reaching out. But do also let them know the measures taken, and how you have dealt with it. You may also use this opportunity to ask how they are dealing with stressed employees, and how as a company, they are helping staff cope during this time.
Have you learned any new skills during this time?
If you have added professional skills to your portfolio, well and good, tell them about it. But if you have not, don’t beat yourself out. Even a small achievement is an accomplishment. Talk about personal skills you may have developed. For instance, you may have picked up guitar lessons, or a new language, perhaps even gardening, or painting. This goes to show that you are an eager learner, you are responsible, and have proper time-management. All these, and more, are just some of the interpersonal attributes an employer looks for in potential employees.
Have you worked remotely? / Are you willing to work remotely?
Just answer this question honestly. If you have, then good. Make sure to highlight your productivity and experience. If you have not, then let them know that you are open to the idea. The key here is willingness. This may bring to the next question:
Do you have a suitable workspace and connectivity at home?
You may already have a space set aside, for work or studies before this. If you have not, it does not take much effort to dedicate a little area for work. Even when living in a confined space, there will be room. Search for tips on the net that can help you achieve the look and feel you want to make working from home a pleasure.
How familiar are you with Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, Skype, and other similar communication mediums?
These tools are essential when working as a team. It can be difficult to foster teamwork when working remotely, especially when collaboration is vital in getting a task done, or when the essence of your job itself requires daily communication. So, familiarize yourself with alternatives to face-to-face meetings.
Recruitment has changed dramatically over the last year, with conventional job interviews, and standard questions asked, being a thing of the past. Hopefully, this simple guide to questions an interviewer may ask, will drive you to seize the opportunity to answer questions confidently.