I'm interviewing at a new company and the process seems to be going well so far. They're interviewing for a position in office Location A, but I know that their Downtown Location B, 10 minutes away from Location A, will be in an environment that is much safer for my physical health. I want to ask for opportunities to work from location B, with the following goals in mind:
- I want to express how important Downtown Location B could be for me and how much I'd be willing to negotiate to find a solution that lets me work from B
- I don't want to bring up health in a way that is legally problematic for the hiring manager/recruiter
- I would ultimately be willing to accept an offer for Location A, so I don't want to unnecessarily damage my chances of a job offer overall
I have a video screen and an in-person interview upcoming.
To elaborate, I'm sensitive to heat such that I will get sick if I'm not in a climate-controlled environment. I don't have an official doctor's note right now. Being too warm one day is very uncomfortable, but manageable. Being warm chronically over the summer, say from the walk between a parking lot and the office, causes complications that are difficult to treat and potentially dangerous.
Downtown Location B has a same-building apartment and other amenities that would allow me to remain indoors through the summer as needed. Even Location A is in a city with a much cooler climate than my current city, so I'm eager to make a move. Of course, I'd vastly prefer Downtown Location B, and would be willing to take a salary cut, take on extra hours, or commute to Location A during the cool half of the year if that's what it took to be placed in B.
How can I address my desire for the Downtown Location B in my job negotiations? How can I (sincerely) pass it off as something that is valuable to me and will generate loyalty? And do I need to speak with HR before - or even instead of - any manager who can make those decisions?