How to decide if an employer is a good fit without visiting the office

Here are some ways candidates can assess an employer from afar. Photo by: Charles Deluvio on Unsplash

BARCELONA — With interview processes going virtual as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, candidates have fewer opportunities to connect with potential colleagues and get a sense of an organization’s work culture.

In the past, candidates might have had the opportunity to visit the office and meet team members several times before deciding whether to accept a job offer. And while sites such as Glassdoor can help candidates get an impression of an employer, these can “skew to the extremes” as the people posting tend to be those who were really happy or unhappy in their job, Jennifer Bangoura, a career and workforce development expert, suggested.

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    Emma Smith is a Reporter at Devex. She covers all things related to careers and hiring in the global development community as well as mental health within the sector — from tips on supporting humanitarian staff to designing mental health programs for refugees. Emma has reported from key development hubs in Europe and co-produced Devex’s DevProWomen2030 podcast series. She holds a degree in journalism from Glasgow Caledonian University and a master's in media and international conflict. In addition to writing for regional news publications, she has worked with organizations focused on child and women’s rights.