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What are good questions to ask before starting a job? Culture is non-existent now with remote but I could ask about comms style maybe (ie skype/teams vs. Email)? Should I ask about typical hours or will that have me perceived as a lazy worker? What Qs will prep me best for a non-consulting environment?

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Quite the opposite on culture. How the organizational leaders and the employees have responded and adapted to the remote environment will tell you a lot about the company.

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That’s true. Or maybe in general, like what resources do they have to keep everyone in touch (like resource/“extracurricular” groups or company virtual events)

I’m shameless and ask about hours indirectly (i.e, do you guys eat for dinner together or does everyone order separately) That might be the right question for certain industries and not others (i.e, works for front office finance)

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Well I already accepted the offer so this is more of I’m just prepping myself for the first day. But I never really know how to ask about hours when I interview, I only gauge based on when recruiters respond (like if I’m seeing responses past 6 or on weekends, I’m not too inclined). Initially when I interviewed, I was getting responses only during working hours (up until 6). However, now in and after the offer stage, I’m seeing both HR and management email later (though not weekends) so I just want to mentally prepare myself for what I’m getting into.

If you already accepted the offer - are you considering backing out? It sounds like you have unresolved concerns about lifestyle. You can ask about how people set or uphold personal boundaries, but you can’t change culture results unless you’re willing to back out. Assuming you’re going to take the job - keep it focused on things which will get you off to a good start rather than continuing to ask interview questions. Ideas - -what should I expect for schedule in first week? -what devices or supplies do I need to provide versus are provided (mobile phone, laptop, wfh office supplies)? -what is planned to help me build network given wfh? Or can you help me set up 1:1 chats with three people I should know early on? -what have you seen go best/worst for other new hires starting during wfh?

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Wait these are fantastic questions. I’m not considering backing out, just never got a real good gauge on working hours and just trying to mentally prep myself if the days are going to be longer than I’d like. I really like how you worded these.

My take is that if that question makes you be perceived as lazy, they’re probably not the right fit anyway. Trying to be polite and beat around the bush might get you the job but it might have terrible hours. Find a different question if you want the job irrespective of what the hours are. I always ask what is expected of me in 90 days and what would I need to do to blow their socks off. The other one right now would be about networking, given everything is virtual- so yeah, culture is actually more important right now.

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