4 Ways to Hire People Who Will Thrive in a Remote Environment

  • Is their cover letter clear and logically organized?
  • Are you left feeling confused or certain about what they’re trying to say?
  • How do they answer the questions you pose in emails?
  • Do they answer the question you actually asked?
  • Are their responses coherent?
  • When you speak to them on the phone or via video conference, do they struggle to express their thoughts — or are they crystal clear?
  • Are they adept with written logistics planning, which is a signal for how they’ll collaborate with colleagues?
  • What do you do when you’re light on work?
  • Tell me about a time you fell behind on a project.
  • What does success look like to you?
  • Tell me about a project you are most proud of and why you are proud of it.
  • What does a good day at work look like to you?
  • When are you most satisfied and fulfilled at work?
  • Tell me about a time you worked independently on a project and what you liked about it.
  • Give me an example that demonstrates your approach to working with others.
  • When do you like to work with a team vs. working independently?
  • Are they proactive in following up with you?
  • Are they timely in their responses?
  • Are they apprehensive about working remotely?
  • Do they underscore the results they’ve delivered at past jobs?
  • Do they give vague responses when asked pointed questions?
  • How do they talk about people they’ve worked with, including bosses, in the past?
  • Are they complimentary or undermining when talking about bosses and coworkers?
  • Do they display self-awareness?
  • Do you understand what they are saying?

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Lucy Suros

Lucy Suros

CEO of one of the first and largest fully remote companies in the U.S., Articulate.