Career Coach: When To Ask For Flexible Work Arrangements

CBS 2 is Working For Chicago during the pandemic to help you with your job search.

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- And with all of those challenges during the pandemic, when and how do you ask a potential new employer about their flexibility through all of this? As we continue Working For Chicago, our career coach is helping sort it out.

LYNEE ALVES: During the interview is not the best time to be asking questions about things that you really don't need to know until and when you have a job offer in hand. If you start asking questions about time off and provisions for special circumstances, the unfortunate truth is that you may be discriminated against. You may not get that job opportunity.

- Lynee Alves, president of Interview Like An Expert, says this includes asking about flexibility to work from home if a family member is sick, or asking about remote work opportunities if a child is still remote learning.

LYNEE ALVES: It's best to hold off and wait to ask those questions until you have a job offer in hand, at which point it's very appropriate to be asking those questions of your potential employer.

- For more interview help, and a lot more job search strategies, check out the Working For Chicago section of our CBS Chicago app, or head to our website, CBSChicago.com.