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I'm currently in the middle of interviewing with a company. My virtual on-site is next week. It is an office job that will be on-site post-COVID. I am concerned because I learned that they were ordering at least some office workers back to the office in September. I am unwilling to work in an office until my husband and I are vaccinated. This might require me to work from home for about the first four months of the job (i.e., April-July). I am worried that they might order people back sooner.

When would be the right time to ask about this and would I ask the hiring manager or HR? I just listened to the podcast about not accepting an offer with "Yes, but". Based on that, this seems like something that is a question that I would ask once I have the offer and before I decide whether to accept. It seems likely that I will get a vague answer and that they may not know since it is a big company and they wouldn't be setting the policy. This does seem like the kind of thing where a manager can make an unofficial exception for a few months. I need a very clear positive answer on this as I am not willing to risk my life and my husband's life for a job. The last thing I want is to quit my current job for something that is better in many ways and then be forced to quit in two months.

jrb3's picture

When you get the offer, control passes from the hiring-manager to you.  Before the offer, the hiring manager has little incentive to try unvague-ing things.  And after acceptance is too late for you, as you already stated.

Jollymom's picture

It would not cause harm to raise a question before accepting the job. You may also want to ask if vaccines will be shouldered by the company.