The shift away from physical workspaces to virtual ones is becoming more and more prevalent these days. Even major corporations are jumping on the remote working bandwagon, because it has been proven to be an effective way to reduce costs and boost productivity.
While working from home or a café or a beach might sound easy enough a thing to do, not everyone is cut out for it. For employers, it is imperative that they try to determine if the job applicant for a remote working position is self-motivated enough to fly solo without supervision, and be able to make sound, important decisions on his own. It also pays to find out if the person wants to work remotely or if he or she is merely interested in the job.
On the other hand, the candidate should prepare questions that clarify the responsibilities and expectations of the role. Find out if the company’s definition of remote working means the job hours are flexible or whether it’s simply working regular office hours from home. Establish how you will be assessed and if you’re ever needed to make an appearance in the office. Most importantly, find out if you’re going to be hired as a full-timer or a contract staff.
Questions the employer needs to ask
1. Have you worked remotely before?
2. Why do you want to work remotely?
3. Do you have a dedicated working space with a stable internet connection?
4. What are some of the challenges you think you would face while working remotely and how would you overcome them?
5. How do you plan to schedule your working day?
6. How do you keep tabs of your tasks?
7. How do you stay motivated when working alone?
8. What would you do if you had an urgent question and your team was offline?
9. You need to quickly make a big decision regarding the project you’re working on but your direct superior is not available. What do you do?
10. What form of communication would you use to resolve conflict with your colleagues?
Questions the candidate needs to ask
1. Are the working hours fixed or flexible?
2. What are the apps the company uses for communication?
3. How will my performance be assessed?
4. Why does the company have a need for a remote working position?
5. How many other remote workers are there in the company?
6. Will I ever get to meet my colleagues in person?
7. What equipment or software would I need for this job?
8. What are the career prospects regarding this role?
9. Would I be employed as a full-time staff or an independent contractor?
10. What job benefits can I expect?