When hiring remote employees, characteristics you may look for in traditional office candidates — such as an individual’s personality and temperament — are not as important. Other skills and qualities, such as communication, motivation, and overall performance, should be at the top of your “must-have” list. Your interview questions should have a distinct focus. Here are five questions you should ask applicants for a remote position:
1. Have You Previously Worked in a Remote Position?
While many individuals are moving to remote work positions, it is not ideal for everyone. Some struggle with the quiet and lonely atmosphere and grow distracted by the many tasks demanding their attention at home. You need to know that candidates can handle the atmosphere. Employees with remote experience already understand the importance of self-direction and staying on track.
2. How Do You Manage Your Time and Meet Deadlines?
A common challenge among managers of remote teams is battling missed deadlines or assignments. Remote positions provide employee flexibility, but if individuals have not developed a routine or plan, they may struggle to complete their work efficiently and thoroughly. Find out what time management methods your applicants use to ensure they stay on track.
3. How Do You Communicate with Your Managers?
Proper communication is crucial no matter the industry, but for remote workers, it is especially vital. To properly assign projects and meet goals, managers need to know that workers are on task. While everyone’s idea of proper communication will differ, make sure the applicants you interview consider it a priority.
4. What Attracts You to a Remote Position?
Many people working traditional jobs love the idea of flexibility with remote companies, like setting their own work schedules. However, they often forget the change in culture between an office job and a remote position. They don’t understand that they will not have the regular water cooler breaks and the chit-chat with co-workers. Find out if they can handle this type of environment. If not, you may experience frequent turnover.
5. What Are Your Biggest Strengths When Using Technology?
For most remote positions, utilizing technology is a must. Your employees must be familiar with a wide range of software programs, organizational tools, and communication platforms. Additionally, when technology problems strike, an IT expert will not be available in a nearby office to offer support — employees must troubleshoot on their own. Ask candidates if they are familiar with the tools they will be using regularly and how they will troubleshoot any issues. A candidate that has strong independent problem solving skills and a demonstrated ability to learn may be more valuable than a candidate that has direct experience with a single technology platform.
While you must look for many skills and qualities among remote candidates, these five interview questions will help you narrow your search and find the perfect employee for your company.
Author: Alisiana Peters
Alisiana is a senior marketing coordinator at HiringThing, an award-winning online recruiting software provider dedicated to changing the way businesses hire talent. Questions? Contact HiringThing Marketing.