How to interview for a remote IT job

How to interview for a remote IT job

Employers are now more willing to allow IT talent to work from home. When interviewing for a remote IT position, use these 5 tips to stand out

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4. Focus, focus, focus

Sutton says don’t expect to get through a remote job interview without hearing the question, “How do you plan to stay productive and deliver quality work when telecommuting?” When you answer this question, employers will be looking for any red flags. That includes “signs that an applicant may require a great deal of oversight and any signs of inflexibility,” adds Pitts, who looks for high levels of self-motivation and flexibility as well as excellent organization, collaboration, and communication skills in remote job candidates for TomTom.

Brandtner adds that candidates should be ready to address questions about how they work and optimize their day while remote. She says they can highlight their skills in this area by focusing on these important elements: “How they measure success and prioritize their days, what working remote looks like to the candidate, and why they want to work remote. Also, they may be asked to explain a time they made an important decision without the help of a boss and what the outcome was.”

5. Be a team player

Finally, remember that even if you’ll be working alone on your couch, you will still become part of a dynamic team if you get the job. Showing an eagerness to collaborate and make connections can help ease any concerns that you’ll be isolated from the rest of the IT organization. 

“Leaders may worry that a remote staff or employee could lead to loss of collaboration and camaraderie that comes with more traditional, in-house teams,” said Sutton. “Applicants should explain that while they are self-managed and can be accountable for their responsibilities independently, their remote status will not impact their ability to be a team player. Remote work options can sometimes feel like a one-sided benefit for the employee, but job seekers should make potential managers see that there will be no loss of productivity or unity amongst the team.”

That team-player attitude might mean trading in your slippers for a suit every now and then and making face time with your boss and colleagues a priority. If you are willing to make the trip in as needed, make sure you mention it in the interview. “Flexibility is very important when working remote,” adds Brandtner, “and being willing to come into the office for any needs if possible.”

[ Read our related article: 6 top work-from-home jobs for IT professionals. ]


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