One of the main concerns of hiring managers while recruiting remote workers is whether they can perform their tasks offsite. There are many challenges faced by remote workers such as lack of communication, absence of direct supervision, no access to necessary equipment, etc. Due to this, the hiring manager has to ensure that you can do your job remotely in the absence of an office environment.
If you are an aspiring remote worker and going to face an interview soon, then we’ve got a list of questions (and some useful tips!) that you might face in your remote job interview.
8 COMMON REMOTE JOB INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
DO YOU HAVE A HOME-OFFICE SET UP?
As a remote worker, you can ideally work from anywhere. Some remote jobs can be done in co-working spaces, cafes, or the library. But if you are someone who spends a lot of time on the phone or video calling, then your home will probably the best place to work from.
In either case, tell your employer how you are going to set up your home-office. Is it going to be a static work area at home or are you considering working from anywhere? If you choose to work from anywhere, then make sure you communicate this to your prospective employer and reassure them that this will not affect your productivity in any way. If you decide to work from home, describe how you’ve set up a private space at home, making it easy for you to differentiate between your personal and professional life.
CAN YOU STAY MOTIVATED WORKING REMOTELY, WITHOUT SHARING PHYSICAL SPACE WITH YOUR BOSS OR CO-WORKERS?
If you have prior experience working remotely, then you most probably are aware of the challenges of working solo. Since you will not be sharing the same physical space as your boss or co-workers, it is entirely up to you to manage your work and stay on task. Think about all the tools and techniques you use to stay motivated and boost your productivity.
Are you a to-do lister, or a fan of time blocking to get work done efficiently? Share with the hiring manager how you motivate yourself to work productively and techniques you follow to stay on track.
HOW DO YOU PRIORITIZE YOUR WORK? ARE YOU AWARE OF ANY REMOTE TOOLS THAT HELP IN SCHEDULING WORK?
Being a remote worker, you will face a lot of emails, text messages, documents, and presentations. It is important that you are able to process all this information without getting overwhelmed. The hiring manager would want to know how you prioritize, process, and address all this information and whether you have experience using any scheduling tools.
Describe which remote tools have helped you in the past to schedule and prioritize your work. Some tools that are great for project management are Slack, Zoom, Jira, Airtable, Asana, Trello, Toggl, Calendly, etc.
DO YOU HAVE EXPERIENCE WORKING REMOTELY?
Having a track record of remote work makes it easy for you to convince the employer that you have what it takes to work remotely. Describe how you have developed great communication skills, team spirit, and self-motivation by working remotely.
If you don’t have previous remote work experience, then that’s ok too! Think of situations where you’ve had to complete a task or assignment from outside the office. You could even refer to any freelancing work that you may have done before.
ARE YOU FAMILIAR WITH ANY COLLABORATION AND COMMUNICATION TOOLS?
If you have worked with tools such as Slack, Zoom, G Suite, etc, share your experience communicating and collaborating with your team using these tools. If you are new to this, spend some time familiarizing yourself with some industry-standard platforms/tools used in remote communication. Most of them are free to use and easy too!
WHY DO YOU WANT TO WORK REMOTELY?
While this may not be a question directly related to the job, it will help the employer understand how well you’ll embrace remote working if selected for the job. It also makes it possible for the employer to ascertain whether you are a good fit for their organization, especially if they are a 100% remote company.
Most people choose remote working for various reasons such as flexible schedules, skipping the daily commute, health issues, etc. You could tell the employer how remote working has a direct positive impact on your productivity and not having to sit inside a cubicle makes your critical and analytical thinking better. You could also add that, by working remotely, you are thrilled at the prospect of working for a company you admire and are not limited by your geographical location.
WHY DO YOU THINK YOU ARE A GOOD REMOTE WORKER?
This is where you should highlight all your key skills that make you a great remote worker. Talk about how well you have used the latest remote work tools to communicate with your team. Assure them that you are comfortable using text, chat, or email to easily connect with co-workers and follow online etiquette with ease. Quote previous remote work experiences(if any) to tell them that you are self-motivated and can get work done on time. If you are an organized person by nature, then that’s an added skill for remote work. Make sure you describe to them how you structure and organize your day to ensure maximum productivity.
HOW DO YOU MAINTAIN WORK-LIFE BALANCE WORKING REMOTELY?
One of the biggest challenges of working from home is that the boundaries between your personal and professional lives start to blur, affecting your productivity and overall morale. Without a well-structured day, you’ll soon find yourself working long hours, eventually resulting in burn out.
Share with the employer how you plan to work a schedule that allows you to have work-life balance. If you are looking for tips on how to do just that, read our post on How to Create Work-Life Balance While Working From Home.