Nail the Interview Question, "What Is Best About Working from Home?"

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When interviewing for employment to work from a home-based office, you will be asked a few questions about what you like best about working from home (also known as telecommuting). Employers need to ask these questions to make sure you can be productive in an unstructured work environment void of any direct supervision.

This question is less about learning if you have the skills necessary for the job, and more about learning if you will do well in this particular work setting. Some people thrive when telecommuting (or working remotely, as it's also called), while others don't. If you thrive in this kind of work environment then you need to get that message across. Strong answers will emphasize why you do your best work at home.

What to Say When Asked About Working from Home

Be sure to prepare an answer to this question in advance. Your answer should explain why you want to work from home and at the same time, demonstrate why you are a strong candidate for the job.

Think about how working from home improves your job performance. For example, working from home might help you be more efficient because there are fewer distractions from colleagues or long, drawn-out meetings to attend. Or, working from home might allow you to have a better work-life balance, which helps you be more productive because you're happier and look forward to completing assignments. Whatever your answer, be sure it reminds the interviewer you are a great job candidate.

Be Honest But Positive

It's important not to over-sell yourself. That means being honest. For example, don't say you will work evenings and weekends if you know that is not true. Instead, be positive about your ability to get the job done and emphasize your enthusiasm for stay-at-home work. 

Examples of the Best Answers

  • I really like the flexibility in hours that a stay-at-home position offers. I tend to do my best work very early in the morning. Being able to set my own hours allows me to work when I am most alert. Ultimately, I am more productive when working from home than commuting to an office and wasting time stuck in traffic.
  • I love the quiet atmosphere of working from home. Without the constant distractions of an office, I am able to stay focused on my work and complete tasks quickly.
  • I achieve a much better work-life balance when I work from home. The flexible hours allow me to be there for my kids in the mornings and get them off to school and be there for them when they come home. Knowing I have that time with my family allows me to be much more productive because I am not worrying whether or not they forgot their lunch or arrived home safely.
  • I am very efficient when I work in my home office because everything is set up exactly how I need it to be. My printer and scanner are set up right next to my desktop and I don't waste time heading off to another room.