This story originally appeared on FlexJobs.com.
No matter why you’re looking for a new job, job hunting during the coronavirus pandemic is unique. Instead of attending in-person networking events, you’re likely attending virtual job fairs and tapping your network online.
Whatever you’re doing, though, it’s finally paid off. You’ve got a job interview!
And while you’re prepared for the fact that it will probably happen online, you’ll want to be prepared for pandemic-related interview questions, too.
Like any interview, you know to expect the “typical” questions: “Tell me about yourself.” “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” “Why did you apply for the job?” You are, of course, prepared for these questions.
In some interviews, you might also encounter some curveball questions. These could be as simple as “Tell me about a time when …” and you have to give an example of when you solved a problem at work.
However, a pandemic presents everyone with challenges and opportunities. Employers are using this historic time to assess how you face a crisis, and how well you pivot. In a sense, they are asking, did you make lemons out of lemonade? And if so, how?
We spoke with FlexJobs career coach Tracy Capozzoli and gathered her tips for answering some pandemic-focused questions that you might encounter as you interview for new jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic.