For Freelancers | 5 Remote Interview Questions And How To Answer Them

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For Freelancers | 5 Remote Interview Questions And How To Answer Them

For Freelancers | 5 Remote Interview Questions And How To Answer Them

The world has gone digital. Especially with the outburst of COVID and the pandemic, many companies have taken the remote route, leading to the rise of online freelancers. This has increased the rate of working remotely by a vast degree. As many people now apply, get, and work on jobs from the comfort of their homes. Therefore in this piece, we'd be looking at how to ace an online interview,

The process of preparing for a remote job interview is similar to that of preparing for an in-person interview. Job seekers should prepare answers to work-from-home interview questions in the same way answers to commonly asked interview questions are.

Anyone who has switched from working in an office to working from home will tell you that it's not the same. While working from home provides undeniable benefits (such as no commute and the ability to work in your PJs), it also presents some unique challenges (like less facetime with your manager and more distractions).

Hiring managers are well aware of these distinctions and disadvantages, so when they interview candidates for remote positions, they will be looking for people who have the skills to do the job and understand what it takes to work successfully from home.

That means that when it comes time to interview, you'll need to be prepared to answer questions about a specific set of remote work skills, in addition to the typical interview questions for a traditional in-office job and questions about the role or industry.

5 Remote Interview questions and answers

Here are five questions you're likely to be asked in a virtual interview for a remote job, advice on how to respond, and a sample answer.

1. Do you have any experience working from home or remotely?

It can be difficult to transition from an in-office role to a distributed team, so hiring managers want to know if you've done it before. It's not a deal-breaker if you haven't, but you'll need to demonstrate your ability to work remotely in other ways, such as through freelancing or side projects.

How to Respond

Keep your response brief. If you have prior experience working remotely, explain when, for whom, and how you were successful. If you haven't previously worked remotely, share comparable experiences, such as working from home a few days per week or any freelancing expertise you have.

Example; "Yes, I've been working from home as a customer service representative at Cloudy Inc. for the past six months. It took some getting used to at first, but I quickly adjusted and have increased my call volume and customer satisfaction rate since switching to a remote setup. I've discovered that working from home makes it easier for me to stay focused and organized."

2. Why do you want to work from home?

If you've primarily worked in an office setting throughout your career, the hiring manager may be curious as to why you're applying for a remote position.

Perhaps you work better at home, where there are fewer distractions. Maybe you live in a rural area with few opportunities in your field, or you must travel a long distance to get to them. Perhaps it's not the idea of working remotely that appeals to you—it's the idea of working for that specific company.

Example; "I'm a big fan of communication, and I find that despite the lack of real-time interaction, an async style of work allows me to focus without distraction and produce my best work. The main reason I want to work remotely is to work at (insert name). I've been a fan for years, read a lot of your blog, and enjoy your company culture!"

Whatever your motivations are, confront it head-on and make sure to position it favorably in a way that benefits the employer.

3. What is the key to ensuring project success when working remotely?

A lot goes into completing any project, remote or otherwise, but hiring managers will be especially interested in how prospective hires approach a project when in-person collaboration isn't an option. When you can't chat with people on the spur of the moment like you can in the office. Hiring managers will want to know that you understand this and have the experience to complete projects remotely successfully.

How to Respond

Demonstrating your understanding of the importance of asking questions upfront, ensuring you have a precise knowledge of the work, managing expectations around timelines, and ensuring work is progressing in the right direction. "It's even better if you can explain that you're willing to seek answers...on your own before approaching others," he says. Incorporating an example of a real-world project you've worked on remotely in the past (if applicable) may also help to strengthen your response.

Example; "Of course, this will depend on the team and the type of project, but I've found that getting everyone on the same page from the start is critical." So, before we start working on a new project, I like to meet with my team to discuss our goals, timelines, and work distribution. Following that, I schedule regular check-ins to ensure everyone is on the same page.

4. How do you plan, prioritize, and stay motivated?

Because there won't be a boss watching over your shoulder, the employer wants to know how you'll stay motivated to complete your tasks.

Consider how you like to organize your work and explain to the interviewer how it helps you get things done. Do you like old-fashioned to-do lists and make one every day to cross things off your list? Are you a big fan of calendars, task lists, and time blocks for working? Perhaps you prefer to put up a "do not disturb" sign and immerse yourself in your work, turning off all push notifications until the task is completed.

5. What do you enjoy most and least about working from home?

To begin, inform the interviewer that you are well-versed in the advantages of working from home. On the other hand, it's essential to demonstrate that you're aware of the disadvantages. Just make sure to spin your response with how you intend to compensate. If you mention missing social interaction with coworkers, explain how the time you save not commuting allows you to meet up with friends for dinner once a week.

Employers want thoughtful responses from candidates who recognize the benefits of remote work and the challenges. They don't want to hire someone dissatisfied with working from home because it isn't what they expected.

What Are Hiring Managers Looking For InRemote Candidates?

When interviewing candidates for a remote position, recruiters and hiring managers look for the following characteristics:

  • Reliability: Your team must believe that they can rely on you to deliver when you work remotely. Interviewers will try to determine whether you are the right person for their team by asking how you have met deadlines and keeping others informed of progress in the past.
  • Communication skills are essential in the workplace and even more so when working remotely. Effective communication skills are essential when most of your communication is asynchronous and via email, chat, and other forms of writing. You must be able to communicate clearly in writing.
  • Cross-cultural literacy: Because remote workers are a diverse group, you must collaborate with team members from various cultural and linguistic backgrounds. While this is one of the most difficult challenges, it is also one of the most significant benefits of remote work. Regardless of location, your team can be made up of the best people for the job.
  • Conflict Resolution. Conflicts can be amplified in a remote environment. Something said in chat could be interpreted in a half-dozen different ways that the author never intended. The ability to detect and resolve conflict quickly reduces the impact of inevitable miscommunications. You're unlikely to encounter any conflicts during the interview process (at least, I hope not! ), but you can come prepared to discuss how you've dealt with disputes, cleared up miscommunications, and built rapport with your team.
  • Organization: Interviewers want to know if you can self-organize and drive tasks forward without impeding your team's progress. Reading this article and preparing your answers ahead of time is a great way to demonstrate your organization!
  • The consciousness of time zones: Remote working frequently entails being in a different time zone than at least some of your team. When scheduling real-time communication, great remote workers are aware of time zones and accommodate everyone.    

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