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Local lockdown but asked to attend interview in person

Discussion in 'Personal' started by hankay, Sep 18, 2020.

  1. hankay

    hankay Occasional commenter

    Just wanted to get other people's thoughts on this.

    I've been asked to attend an interview. I'd already known I'd been shortlisted for some weeks but they finally got round to being able to give me times/date. When I spoke to someone about it at the start of this month, they told me that the interview would be via Zoom. Lo and behold, I got to book a slot today and it states that it will be in person and that due to the nature of the "school", no face coverings are allowed.

    On top of this, my own local area is now in lockdown and it's stated categorically that nobody is to socialise or meet with people outside of their bubble, indoors or out.

    In all honesty, this interview is 400 miles away so I would rather not attend, but I'm wondering if people think it would be wise simply due to me technically being in lockdown and then trapsing up and down the country?
  2. LondonCanary

    LondonCanary Star commenter

    Have you considered contacting your potential employer to discuss these points?
  3. colacao17

    colacao17 Lead commenter

    I'd tell them a flat NO. If they don't respect lockdown and don't want masks they'll think nothing of asking you to risk your health once employed there. That's not am employer I'd want to work for.
  4. hankay

    hankay Occasional commenter

    I did drop them an email early this afternoon but not had a reply yet and wouldn't now until Monday at the earliest.

    I was just mulling it over and wanted some opinions in the meantime.
  5. Symingtons

    Symingtons Occasional commenter

    Do lockdowns apply to work? If the business is in operation, I'd have thought this is fine to go; especially if it is a school.
    bombaysapphire likes this.
  6. emerald52

    emerald52 Star commenter

    Tell them you’ll do a zoom interview.
  7. hankay

    hankay Occasional commenter

    Lockdowns don't apply to work per se. But I thought that the done thing now (to ensure safety as much as possible) was to have any meeting that can be held online, online.
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  8. Symingtons

    Symingtons Occasional commenter

    Maybe, but if you want the job....
    agathamorse likes this.
  9. hankay

    hankay Occasional commenter

    Well, it's at an establishment where individuals are interned at Her Majesty's pleasure.
    So the lack of face coverings is understandable.
  10. hankay

    hankay Occasional commenter

    In all honesty, perhaps I am looking for justification to not drive an 800 mile round trip for a job I likely won't get.
  11. Scintillant

    Scintillant Star commenter

  12. sbkrobson

    sbkrobson Star commenter

    Don't rush into anything.
    I've a friend with a similar job offer, to teach English in a prison.
    She's taking her time thinking about the prose and the cons.
  13. hankay

    hankay Occasional commenter

  14. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    Travel at night only. If caught say you're out for an eye test.
    jellycowfish and Jolly_Roger15 like this.
  15. stopwatch

    stopwatch Lead commenter

    I would say you are more than happy Zooming, but not in person. If they don’t respect this, drop out.
    EmanuelShadrack and Lara mfl 05 like this.
  16. needabreak

    needabreak Star commenter

    I see what you did there :D
    agathamorse, sbkrobson and ilovesooty like this.
  17. thejudgesscoresarein

    thejudgesscoresarein Established commenter

    You should not travel to this interview. You will be breaking the law. You need to speak to the school who you are going for an interview and tell them that due to local lockdown restrictions and the fact you haven’t moved to the area yet, you are unable to travel. They should be able to accommodate your interview on Zoom- and your application should be treated no differently. If the school / headteacher insists you ‘break the law’ to attend, then they should question themselves as to why they are in such a leadership position.
    catslovelycats likes this.
  18. cheesypop

    cheesypop Senior commenter

    It’s not against the law. My area is in local lockdown but I can still travel to work, in a different area.

    You are not going to get the job if you don’t go to the interview because they want to see people face to face and they will have face to face candidates to choose from. If you don’t want the job, don’t go and waste everyone’s time. If you want the job, or want to at least be in the running, then go.

    Of course prisoners aren’t going to wear face masks. Our kids don’t. You’ve had a heads up on the place. If you don’t like the sound of it then don’t go. But I totally understand why they want to see people face to face especially for what is a specialist location that won’t be right for everyone (and you can’t tell that on zoom).
  19. hhhh

    hhhh Star commenter

    Why are people still going to work/school in lockdown areas, if it's illegal? Isn't work an 'exception' (btw in my areas, we're in a lockdown forbidding us to see friends/parents in the garden, but we can go the pub, or to school-depending on age). If work's an exception, surely an interview would be-I am only saying that's logical; I have no legal training so I am not telling anyone what to do :)
  20. ilovesooty

    ilovesooty Star commenter


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