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Can I Accept a New Job Without Seeing the Location or Meeting the People I Would Work With in Person?

ESS Candidate Newsletter – JUNE 2020

Columbus, OH – JUNE 2020

In this month’s, ask the recruiter, we discuss how you can take a job with only virtual interviews.

Introduction – Aaron Wandtke
Positions Filled in the Last 30 Days
Ask the Recruiter “Can I accept a new job without seeing the location or meeting the people I would work with in person?”


Our country is working through some tough times.  The only constant we have known in recent times is change and, right now substantial changes are being called for on many fronts.  At ESS, it is our hope the voices are heard.  We hope everyone is safe from both the virus and protests that are occurring in all 50 states.

Covid19 has changed the managed care landscape.  Although the number of open positions has decreased for our firm, the determination and focus from our client companies to get roles filled has never been higher.  We are seeing more open positions for skill sets, such as actuarial and analytics positions as companies are expanding or bringing in-house these very important departments.  Companies are being selective on which positions they give us but their expectation is for ESS to fill their critical needs. We are determined to do exactly that.

The truth is, we have always been determined to connect quality talent with the best opportunities available.

In fact, for the 4th year in a row, ESS is on the Forbes list of “Best Executive Recruiting Firms” in the country.  Out of more than 18,000 companies who applied, ESS is, once again, in the top 100. We do not take this honor lightly. We have tremendous pride in this accomplishment as this speaks to quality of service we provide to both the companies hiring as well as the people hired by these companies.  Our goal has always been to make each experience you have with our team be positive and impactful on your career.  Thank you for your continued trust in ESS.

Ask the Recruiter – “Can I accept a new job without seeing the location or meeting the people I would work with in person?”

This question highlights the unique season that we have found ourselves in. The interview process has changed drastically this year. We believe that video interviewing will provide access to candidates more quickly and facilitate a successful job search experience.

Both hiring officials/managers and candidates are working through their personal comfort level on determining if they need to meet face to face. As more positions start to allow working from home, this new reality may be here to stay. In order to make the best decision for yourself, consider the following factors:

  1. Remote or in the office – If the new role is fully remote, the need to meet everyone in person may be minimal.  If the role is full time in the office, there may be value in seeing the space you will work and getting a feel for the environment, you will be working in.
  2. Level of the role – Leadership roles may want to meet co-workers and their staff to begin the assessment process.  By meeting in person, some people feel they can better assess and evaluate people.  If the staff is fully remote, meeting in person may not be necessary.
  3. Number of interviews – With most everyone working from home, the ease for scheduling multiple calls has never been easier.  Multiple calls or videos with people versus one all day on site interview may garner more information for both parties.  Each has their advantages and disadvantages.  Through web calls, you may be able to learn more and get a better understanding of the entirety of the role and the company.

Each person has to determine his or her own comfort level.  Since Covid19 started, we have seen more and more people accept roles without visiting the company for interviews. This has worked for both parties. We have also heard some people say, “I just want to see them in person.”  This is fine too.

If there is anything that we can do to help you through a process, please let us know.

I can be reached at 614-885-8490 or by e-mail at