Work-at-Home Job Interview Questions, Answers, and Tips
When you interview for work-at-home employment, in addition to being asked questions about your ability to do the job, you will also be asked about your home office and any equipment you have that you'll need to work remotely. The employer will also try to determine if you are flexible, self-motivated, and able to manage your time and projects working without supervision.
Remote Work Interview Questions and Answers
Here are some typical interview questions for work-at-home job candidates and how to answer them:
- What are the advantages of a work-at-home position? You want to answer this question in a way that shows you're productive and independent. For example, "I like the flexibility in hours, as I'm an early riser, and can get a lot done before most people are in the office. I can communicate with my colleagues quickly, through email and texts if I have a question, and then get right back to work with no distractions."
- What do you like the best about working from home? If you thrive in this kind of work environment you need to provide strong answers to get that message across. For example, you might focus on work-life balance. "Flexibility allows me to get my kids off to school in the morning and be there for them when they come home. This allows me to be much more productive because I am not worrying whether or not they forgot their lunch or arrived home safely."
- What interests you about working for this company? Employers want to know you're not just looking for any job, you want this one. Researching the company will arm you with background to demonstrate your enthusiasm. For example, "Your business is known for its community outreach. I would love the opportunity to use my 10 years of experience in marketing to support the community along with you."
- Why do you think we should hire you? Use this as your chance to deliver a concise sales pitch for yourself. The employer asks the question to help decide if you're the right fit for the position. Match your skills to what the employer has asked for in the job description and interview. For example, "You describe in the job listing that you're seeking a coder who can learn new software languages quickly. In my previous job at a university, I learned three new languages and received an award for my initiative in using them to upgrade the home page of the university website. I communicated by phone and through email, instant messaging, and document sharing platforms to get my work done because we all worked in different buildings."
Work-at-Home Questions to Ask an Employer
When you interview for a job, it's important to ask the employer questions that will help you decide if the job is one you want to take, if it were offered.
It's especially important for work-at-home employment, because many advertised jobs aren't legitimate—or if they are legitimate—pay a very low rate. Don't be afraid to ask questions. The more information you have, the better equipped you will be to make a decision about accepting the job, if you get an offer.
Here is a list of remote work questions to ask the interviewer so you can make sure the job is what you are looking for:
- How would you describe the responsibilities of the position?
- Are there any fees for coming onboard with this company?
- Is training provided?
- Are there set work hours or is the schedule flexible?
- Would I be guaranteed a certain amount of hours each week?
- Do I need to purchase any equipment or supplies if I'm offered the job?
- If I am extended a job offer, how soon would you like me to start?
- If I am hired, will I be paid as an employee or an independent contractor?
- Is the pay an hourly rate, or piecework, or commission?
- If hired, how will I be paid (check, direct deposit, etc.) and how often will I be paid?
- What can I tell you about my qualifications?
- When can I expect to hear from you?
- Would you like a list of references?
- Are there any other questions I can answer for you?
Tips for Answering Interview Questions
During your interview, the hiring manager will ask questions that help determine how successful you will be in the position.
A good way to be prepared to answer work-at-home interview questions effectively is to review the job description and make a list of the sought-after skills and experiences. Match that to a list of your skills and experiences, and think of specific examples you can give of instances when those attributes were successful for you on the job.
In addition to making a match between yourself and the job, be prepared to discuss why you want to work remotely and how you are equipped to do so. The interviewer will want to know about your workspace, computer, internet connection, familiarity with communications software and apps, and other technology you may need to know to do the job.
Check the company’s website, social media sites, and any news articles where they are mentioned, to familiarize yourself with the company's products, services, and general information. If you have any contacts who are familiar with the company, ask them for information they think might pertain to your interview.