Today I had a phone/video interview for a position in another town, quite a bit away from where I live. I'd be okay to move there, my wife has lived there for a while and we know it's nice, our kids are still small enough etc.
The interviewer noted the following real problem: The new job will start with 6 months probation period (customary in Germany), and there's a chance that they, or even I, will decide during that time that I'm not a good fit. Leaving me, with family, in a city with a not so strong labor market.
The implication is, I think, that they'd prefer a candidate where they need not worry. The interviewer asked me about how I thought about this issue. My reply was that I'd prefer to spend more time in the interviewing phase so we both can make a better decision: not only have a two-hour in person interview but have me spend a day or so at their office giving me a chance to meet a few possible future colleagues (and them to meet me) so they can give their feedback.
It seems the usual procedure with the company is two interviews, one with prospective manager, one with manager + HR. The job is mechanical and process engineering.
So I'm wondering, what else can I do to make sure I and the position fit well?
Things I considered:
Work sample - not sure if this is doable, most times an interesting task will take on the order of magnitude of days, plus the new company is working very differently from my current employer so I'd not only need to do the work (e.g. siting of a machine) but also present it in a way fitting the new job.
I think, but I'm not sure, that one key question the manager is asking himself now is how fast I will pull my own weight (they are short on staff now ). I thought about asking him when we talk next week if this is indeed an issue and how we can address it before we sign anything.
These would address if I'd do the work well. They would not address if the position and culture is actually a good fit.
Edit to add: we are talking about 600km, 5-6hours by train. I don't see it as an option to communite on a weekly basis. If they go on with me, and I with them, the next step will be an in-person interview on site. If this will be like I suggested (whole day at the office, chance to meet a few collegues) or just a one-on-two, I don't know.