t’s that time of the interview when the hiring manager sits back and asks, “So, do you have any questions for me?” Now’s not the time to say nothing—especially if you’re interviewing for that coveted remote job you really, really want.
Interviewing for a remote job is a bit different from typical on-site jobs. And there’s no exception to the question portion of the remote job interview. While you can still ask the same questions you’d ask of a non-remote job, you’ll want to be sure to ask others that are more directly related to telecommuting.
Below are a few of the most important questions to ask in a remote job interview:
1. “What are the remote work policies for this position?”
Whether the company is fully remote, or you’re the first remote employee, you’ll want to be clear on the expectations and policies of working remotely in this particular position. Determine things like: Will you be working 100 percent remotely or do you need to come into the office occasionally? Can you work in public places like a coffee shop or coworking space? Do you need to work a standard 9-to-5 schedule or will you have flexibility?
Not all remote jobs are created equally, so you’ll want understand the particular rules of the company you’re interviewing with. For example, if you need the ability to stop work to pick up the kids from school and the remote job you’re interviewing for doesn’t have a flexible schedule, you’ll want to either move onto the next or determine if this is a negotiable policy.
2. “What does communication look like at your company?”
Communication is a huge part of successful remote work. Getting insight into how the company communicates and what sorts of remote communications tools it uses will help you assess how connected you’ll be. Perhaps employees are big into Skype meetings, or maybe you’ll primarily use instant message. Familiarize yourself with the company’s chosen communication tools to ensure you’ll be a top-notch remote employee.
It’s a red flag if your interviewer lacks a good answer for this question. You’ll want to be sure the company values keeping remote workers in the know and connected to other remote workers or in-office counterparts.