By the end of 2021, 51% of knowledge workers around the world were remote. This number doubled from 2019, and by all accounts, it doesn’t seem like we’re going back to the way things were. Why would we? We are more productive and happier without a long commute into an office. But not everyone is cut out for remote work. So, you, as the employer, should be prepared to ask the right questions during the interview process. Here are five good questions to ask anyone applying for a remote job.
Best interview Questions for Remote Jobs
1. When was the last time you worked in a remote job?
Ideally, you want someone with a track record of remote work. Failing that, you should ask some follow-up questions related to working independently. If they do have a remote work job history, find out what parts of remote work they found challenging.
2. Where do they actually prefer to work?
The truth is that some employees prefer to work in a hybrid setup divided between the office and home. If the employee prefers working from home, what is their office set up there like? If they’re working out of their kitchen table, it might signal that they’re experiencing distractions that could be detrimental to their work.
3. How are your tech skills?
Having a home office requires you to do a little troubleshooting on your own, even if you have corporate tech support. For example, you’ll need to be able to work with your Internet provider and set up a home Wi-Fi. Running regular backups is important. There will be tech hiccups that happen, so asking questions about how the candidate has handled these issues in the past is also important.
4. What are your go-to communication best practices when working remotely?
Figuring out how the employee works with a dispersed team will help you know if they’re a fit for your organization. It’s not like you run into a coworker in the hallway these days, so how will the candidate get to know the team? There are very few casual interactions when for remote workers that are also accidental. You have to make an effort to reach out to your team. Ask the candidate to describe how they got to know the remote team at their old job, if applicable. Does the candidate have any suggestions for building team camaraderie when everyone is dispersed? The candidate must be comfortable with a variety of communication platforms. Find out which ones are their go-to vehicles for staying in touch with their team.
5. What techniques do you use to stay focused on your tasks every day?
Staying motivated is hard when your home life has a lot of distractions. For the remote worker, even the temptation of a game console or television could be an issue. You’re looking for the exceptionally focused candidate who has a delineated office space that they can retreat to and escape these distractions. If the employee is currently working on-site, ask about how they handle distractions at work when they have a deadline and a job to do.
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The data shows us that remote workers are more productive than those that go into the office. However, you need to find the right type of remote worker to ensure these numbers are extrapolated to your business. ADD STAFF can help. We source and vet candidates for your unique business and work hard to find you the right fit. When you’re ready to hire a trustworthy remote candidate, call on us. We can help.