Interview tips for the remote worker
A remote job interview is just like an in-person job interview, the only difference is, it is being done from home. The same amount of preparation that goes into a normal interview is required for a remote interview, the only real difference is you do not have to commute, so you get to avoid traffic. Here are a few tips to assist with making the process a success.
Confidence is derived from preparedness. As mentioned earlier, be sure to do research on the company and the position. A remote position is heavily founded on trust, the employer must know that the employee can work with less supervision. Demonstrate how independent and reliable you are by understanding what the role entails.
Market yourself as that candidate that will not only be dependable and reliable but also responsive. Demonstrate how you will be available during business hours via the applications, phone, or email.
Explain clearly why you would be a great fit for the job.
If this is your first remote job, focus on your communication skills, organization skills etc. to demonstrate how easy a transition the job will be for you.
When given an opportunity, ask pertinent questions, this is the opportunity to show that you are interested in the company and the position that you are interviewing for. You should try to focus on questions that are relevant to the position that you are interviewing for.
Here are some examples:
- What are your policies for this position?
- Are the policies any different for an in-house position?
- Will I be a part of a team?
- How will we communicate?
- Are there any success parameters for this position?
- After hiring, what is the orientation process given that the position is remote?
- Is the position exclusively remote?
Send a thank-you correspondence
Send a brief email thanking the interviewer for the opportunity to attend the interview. You can use the opportunity to reiterate your desire to work for the company. Unless specifically advised against following up, follow up in a few weeks to see if a decision has been made.