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30 remote interview questions to ask when hiring remote workers

There are certain skills and abilities you should look out for when hiring remote workers, but how do you find out if your candidates have those skills? We've gathered 30 remote interview questions to help figure this out.

Ever heard of the saying "nothing in this world is certain except death and taxes?" Adding remote work to that list doesn't seem inaccurate at this point. As many companies are transitioning to hybrid or fully remote, it's clear that the ability to work well remote is a valuable skill to hone. This goes for the people you're hiring too! So it makes sense to adjust your remote hiring process to look out for the right skills and abilities that will help your new remote worker do their best work...remotely!

So what are the skills and abilities you should look out for when hiring remote workers and how do you find out if your candidates have those skills? We've gathered 30 remote interview questions to help evaluate the different remote work skills that your new remote worker should have. Let's get into it!

Remote interview questions to get an idea of where your candidate is at in their remote work journey

If a candidate has experience working remote, then there are likely examples to draw from that'll give you heaps of information about how well they work remote. That's why it's always useful to ask about specific past situations.

  1. Have you worked remote in the past? How did you like it?
  2. Can you tell me about a time you thrived while working remote? What about that situation worked well for you?
  3. Can you tell me about a time working remote was difficult? What made it difficult and how did you deal with that?
  4. What do you need from your us in order to be able to do your best work while remote?
  5. Where do you tend to do your best work? At home? A coffee place? A co-working space?
  6. Have you had any issues or challenges with working remote in this past? How did you deal with those?
  7. Do you have any questions or concerns about our remote working policies?
  8. What do you like about working remote? What don't you like about working remote?

Remote interview questions for candidates who have not worked remote yet

Candidates who have never worked remote, won't have examples to draw from, but here are some questions that can still give you information about how they would handle working remote.

  1. What do you think you’ll find challenging about working remote?
  2. What sort of support do you think you’ll need from your team to combat remote working challenges?
  3. How will you manage the transition to working remote?
  4. What interests you about a remote role?
  5. How will you plan your schedule or working hours in a way that works for you?
  6. What is your communication style and how do you think this translates to a remote work environment?
  7. How much does the ability to work remotely impact your desire to work here?

Remote interview questions to evaluate how well a candidate can communicate in a remote work work environment

Being able to communicate well may be the most important remote skill so be sure to spend some time on that subject in your interviews.

  1. How often and in what way do you like to touch base with your team?
  2. Can you tell me about a time when you needed to ask for help from a team member? How did you go about this?
  3. How would you reach out to a remote team member to ask for help?
  4. Can you tell me about some tools you’ve used in the past to communicate with your team?
  5. Tell me about a time you had a conflict with a remote team member. How did you handle it?
  6. What our ways you try to connect and bond with your team when working remote?
  7. Can you tell me about one of your best and effective working relationships with a team member? What it made that way?

Remote interview questions to check how well a candidate can hold themselves accountable

There’s nothing wrong with a candidate working in pyjamas if that’s how they’re comfortable. What you’re really trying to find out is how they hold themselves accountable when there's no manager looking over their shoulder.

  1. Can you tell me how you stay motivated and engaged in your work while working remote?
  2. How do you handle deadlines?
  3. To what extent do you need your team to hold you accountable for your work?
  4. What tends to distract you while working at home? How do you keep this from happening?
  5. What tools or methods do you use to manage your time and stay organized?

Remote interview questions to check how well a candidate can maintain a good work-life balance while working remote

One of the tough things about working from home is drawing clear boundaries between work life and home life. Taking enough breaks, signing out at a reasonable hour, not letting work encroach on your downtime are all things someone has to be able to do in order for remote work to be sustainable.

  1. When you end your day, how do you switch off your work brain and relax?
  2. How do you like to structure your day? When and how do you like to take breaks?
  3. How do you set boundaries between your work life and home life?

Pick and choose the questions that works for you and your company, but be sure spend significant time on the subject of remote work. Don't underestimate how essential these skills are for the success of your new remote worker. Hiring remote workers simply takes a different approach. For more on this, check out our complete guide on remote hiring. Also if you'd like to learn more about interviewing and interview questions, check out our complete guide to job interviewing!

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