While many of the basic concepts and goals are the same, a remote job interview is a different ball game compared to in-person interviews. In today’s blog, we help you stay ahead of the curve with 20 remote job interview questions you should be ready to answer.
Remote Job Interview Questions: What You Need to Know
Before you sit down for your remote job interview, it’s important to understand the mindset and needs of hiring managers.
In most cases, not only is remote work a new concept, but organizations have had to adopt it working under pressure to meet the challenges of the pandemic.
In addition to credentials and relevant experience, companies are looking for candidates who are able to remain efficient and focused when working remotely.
As you will see below, the aim of many of the questions you’ll get is to determine whether your work style and habits make you a good fit for a remote position.
20 Remote Job Interview Questions You Should be Ready to Answer
- Have you ever worked remotely?
- If you work remotely already, what does your home office look like?
- If you work remotely already, what challenges do you face?
- What would you do to communicate effectively as part of a remote team?
- What do you do to stay organized?
- How do you manage your time?
- What do you do to stay focused?
- How do you stay motivated?
- Are you able to work on your own?
- How do you schedule your workday?
- Why do you want to work remotely?
- Tell me about a time you had to resolve a conflict with a coworker.
- Tell me about a time you had to manage miscommunication at work.
- How do you handle multiple tasks?
- How do you handle priorities?
- How would you achieve a healthy work-life balance when working remotely?
- What tools do you think are the best/most useful for remote work?
- How would you avoid communication problems when working remotely?
- What do you think is the best strategy to give feedback remotely?
- What do you think are the best ways to foster team-building when working remotely?
How to Answer Remote Job Interview Questions
First of all, remember that you should never lie during a job interview.
A smarter strategy is to answer truthfully using examples taken from your experience that highlight the skills you bring to the table.
Let’s take as an example the question “How do you manage your time?”
If you work remotely, or have worked remotely in the past, provide examples of the strategies and tools you have used to manage your time, such as calendars, apps, and prioritization techniques.
Then talk about the positive results you have obtained using those tools. For example: “In my current position, I have been able to manage multiple deadlines and requirements with high levels of customer satisfaction.”
Generally speaking, for any question that involves behaviors (such as “Tell me about a time you had to resolve a conflict with a coworker”), you can use the STAR method, where each letter stands for Situation, Task, Action, and Result.
To learn more about the STAR method, read this previous post.
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