During the process of getting hired in all my previous jobs, there has been little or no chance to meet my future coworkers before accepting an offer. For my next job, I think it would be nice to join a team lunch, or even just spend 15 minutes chatting with the people I would be working with before accepting.
I know that some companies do this as a standard part of bringing someone new on, but if they do not offer it, what if I did? Would a request for this sort of thing be thought of as too forward, or inappropriate for other reasons?
For context, this would be a tech/software role I would be applying to.
( 6 months ago )
I personally don't think it's inappropriate. I wouldn't want to work in a team where we get new people thrusted upon us that we've never spoken to before, and I wouldn't want to join a team that I didn't know either. You might get paid by the company, but you spend your entire day working with your team so I'd think it's weird that you only meet the former and get the latter on a gamble. The companies I've worked for so far always involve the team in the interview process.
So in my case, I'd ask and if that meant losing the offer then I'd consider it a bullet dodged.
But it really depends on the company whether they go along with it. If you really want the job either way, it might be better not to ask just in case they look poorly on it. If you think meeting your future team is important enough that you'd be okay losing the offer over it, definitely ask.