Virtual workers should interview themselves first…

Sara’s post at Pajama Professional about asking yourself tough questions before starting a home business (here) made me think about the challenges of telecommuting and virtual work.  I had been tagged for an interview about the topic — I didn’t make the cut — and my team is almost entirely virtual.  The topic is always on my mind when considering current and future staffing decisions.

Anyhow, Sara’s list inspired some riffs of my own, which highlight some pitfalls of virtual employment.  One should ask these when considering remote work arrangements.  These may even make their way into my own annoying open-ended interview questions!

  • Many colleagues find virtual work challenging, why will you be successful where other candidate would not be?  Sure, this is a chance to to highlight strengths and experience, but it should also ask prompt these questions: What most attracts you to this position? What sounds least attractive?
  • Why do you want to work in an environment where your won’t be able to socialize with many your colleagues and stakeholders?  This question is one I haven’t asked, but will going forward.  Stakeholder management and communications are paramount, at least in my firm, so how will a colleague how doesn’t apparently value work relationships fare?
  • How would you rate your managerial skills? Why?  Sara’s comments below are spot on (a few bracketed mods by me): Continue reading
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