How to Interview During the Covid-19 Pandemic
What do you do to avoid a handshake?
The best way to avoid this situation is to wear your mask as you enter the room, thank the manager for meeting with you in person and let the manager know that you feel more comfortable with an elbow bump. This may feel a bit awkward, but interviewers will understand and this will show courtesy towards your interviewer.
What do you do if the interviewer does not wear a mask?
If the interviewer does not wear a mask, simply maintain a distance of 6 feet from them. Let them know that you feel more comfortable wearing your mask. You could say something like, “I am going to keep my mask on if that is okay with you.” Ultimately, how you handle each of these situations is up to you. You are there because the interviewer is interested in getting to know you. This is a good time to display your professionalism and social interaction skills.
Wear your mask as you enter the building and as you speak with each person from the receptionist to the interviewing team, try to follow the guidelines set by the CDC. Determining whether or not to go to an in-person interview is up to you and your comfort level.
What do you do if you are not comfortable going to an in-person interview?
Be honest! Let the employer know that you really want the position, but you are just not comfortable traveling or meeting in person during this time. Offer to do multiple video interviews or send them references. Show the employer you still want the job.