How to Deal with Questions About Working Remotely During a Job Interview
While a work-from-home setup seems ideal, it’s now without its challenges. Sure, there are
some luxuries like not having to dress up or commute, but there are also downfalls like having
no direct interaction with colleagues and needing a lot of self-discipline. After the pandemic, we
are seeing more and more remote and hybrid work arrangements. That means when you land a
job interview, you might encounter related questions, and here are several ways to handle them.
Show them you know how to resolve conflict. If you think about the last time someone
misunderstood your tone in an email or text, you can see how easy it is to amplify a conflict
when working remotely at work. Without direct eye contact and communication, the written word
can be interpreted in many different ways. Being intuitive and picking up when this is a problem
is a huge asset to an employer. The best way to illustrate this is to have a few stories handy
where you sensed a miscommunication and how you handled it.
Show them you are reliable. Showing an employer they can count on you is key. If an employer
knows you’ll attend required meetings, meet deadlines, and regularly update them, they are
more likely to hire you. Fortunately, you can demonstrate this during the hiring process by
showing up to your interview on time and being well prepared. It’s also a good opportunity to tell
a few stories about when your past bosses found you reliable, as this proven trust means they
can also know what you’re up to when you’re working on your own.
Show them you can work well independently. Since you can’t just pop into your coworker or
manager’s office when you’re working from home, a potential employer wants to know you can
find answers to questions on your own. Asking questions on Slack or another form of
communication is fine, but you don’t want to be constantly messaging to the point that you’re a
distraction to the team. To show you are resourceful, come equipped with several examples of
working independently at past jobs.
Bottom line, however you answer questions posed to you, it’s important to show an employer
who you are through the interview process. Make sure you are prompt to the interview, look
professional, are well-organized, and full of real-life examples for any question they could ask
you. Look for ways to be forthright and clear in your communication. And, one of the best ways
to know if you’re on the right track is to do a practice run with a friend before your interview and
be open to their feedback.