When an employer is searching for an in-house employee, they generally look to the interviewee’s skills, abilities, attitude and willingness to work with others. The same is required of remote employees, but there are more qualities that are necessary to make such an employment arrangement work. Remote employment comes with its own set of challenges. It’s vital that an employer know what traits indicate a remote employee that can conquer those very challenges.
Let’s discuss what employers look for in high-quality remote workers. This information should help you, either as an employer or a prospective employee, to find greater opportunities for success with remote work.
The traditional workplace arrangement entails a lot of in-house communication. The opposite is true of remote working relationships, because the employee is not available on a face-to-face basis. So, to best work with their employer, the remote worker should be open and communicative across a number of platforms, such as:
Communication is key in ensuring that the employee is meeting standards and benchmarks as necessary. Because it’s not as easy to oversee their work directly, this helps keep employers’ minds at ease and bolsters their confidence in the employee.
One of the biggest challenges that remote workers face is finding the motivation to work. There is a world of distractions that could sidetrack an employee when they are not within a rigid workplace environment. So, when an employer hires someone to work remotely, the person should display a self-starter approach to the work they do.
To best get an impression of the prospective employee’s sense of self-motivation, employers will often ask how they prioritize their work time throughout the duration of the day.
Working without a boss looking over one’s shoulder can be a serious detriment for some home-based workers. This is because they don’t have someone to direct them personally and on a consistent basis throughout the workday. When interviewing with a potential hire as a remote employee, an employer will likely ask what time of day the individual is most available for work. This helps to determine whether their schedules are complementary, or if the employer should look toward other candidates with a different availability.
Not everybody is cut out for remote work, but that doesn’t mean that an employer is out of luck if they are searching for someone who is. The interviewing process should be very similar to hiring someone in-house, with additional consideration toward the individual’s self-starting behaviors, time management skills and ability to work without constant and direct supervision.