Preparing For A Remote Developer Interview
Take a look at what you can expect to have to answer in an interview for a remote working position.
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After continuously working in an office environment for 4 years I realized that working remotely was a better choice for me. As a developer, it is impossible to sit and work for 8 hours straight. It decreases productivity and you are at risk of Repetitive Stress Injury.
Working remotely comes with awesome benefits. Each benefit alone is enough to question a normal 9-5 routine. For me, the biggest influencing factor that pushed me to remote work was its amazing flexibility of time.
There can be any number of reasons that can influence a developer to find remote work. If you have a plausible reason then, let's get you prepared for an interview.
Essentials That Matter
Regardless of the technology you work in, the qualities which every company wants in its remote working personnel are more or less the same.
To give an amazing interview for that dream position in a company prepare the following like there is no tomorrow.
During each and every interview you will be asked about your time. Now you might think, “This is a remote working position so what is with this question of timing?”
Imagine you are a team lead working on a project with a tight timeline. All your resources work remotely. Just before the deadline, you encounter a bug. That's bad. You try to contact your team but no one responds. Now you are in a difficult spot.
In order to minimize this risk, employers often ask you to define a time period in which you will always be available for contact.
Remote working does not mean 24-hour freedom. There will be a few hours of fixed working time. Employers utilize this time for group meetings and emergency situations, like the one I mentioned above.
Before sitting in an interview for a remote position be sure to separate a few hours of your day for dedicated working.
Communication And Communication Tools
Excellent communication is an ability that will never fail you and the only way to maximize the benefits of your effective communication skills for an interview is to practice beforehand.
Never sit in an interview without properly mentally preparing yourself. If you're not mentally prepared then take your time.
If you have a certain tool in mind for communication, let your interviewer know. If you don’t, then be sure to ask them which tool they use to communicate with the team. Be ready to accept whichever tool they prefer.
Learn major ones for a deeper impact in your interview. If the tools they use are not in your inventory then show your willingness to learn. All in all, be prepared to awe them with your existing knowledge of tools or show them your passion for learning new ones.
There is nothing that beats the effect of perfect technology grip. Whichever technology you work on, be sure to leave nothing unprepared.
Even if you’ve been working in the same technology for a decade giving an interview without preparing for it will end in disaster.
Learn about the latest questions that are going around in the industry about your specific expertise. Learn about the latest trends, coding practices or new frameworks. Even if you don’t know how to work on these new frameworks just having the knowledge of their existence will work like magic.
In short, it does not matter if you are an expert or a novice, a proper grip and the latest information on your choice of technology is necessary to ace a remote interview.
If you are not careful with your answer to this question then it might cost you a potential job. No kidding.
This question WILL arise at the end of an interview and you don't want to stutter while answering.
I consulted CarbonTeq on this specific matter. According to them, this is THE most important aspect. If someone fails to answer this in the first interview they don't move forward with the applicant.
An employer needs dedication and commitment from their remote employees. If you don't even know how long you will be working for them then they will surely look around for someone who knows.
Managing remote employees is a delicate matter. If you show hesitation while discussing your contract duration then it will be perceived as a red flag.
Joining Date And Alternative Resource
This is the last thing that you need to prepare yourself for.
If your interview went amazingly well then you will be asked for a joining date. Have a specific date planned out. It will be the difference between an instant job letter and an email telling you that you will be contacted after shortlisting.
Now the only thing that remains after giving them a joining date is assuring them of an alternative resource in your sted.
Some interviewers might not ask you this question; if that happens then the responsibility of asking the question falls on your shoulder.
"Do you want me to arrange an alternative resource in case of an emergency?" There can only be two answers to this question, “No, you don’t need to” or, “That would be great.” Prepare an alternative resource just in case.
This list will help you ace any interview you go through. In short, having an answer prepared for all these questions and scenarios will signify the interviewer that you mean business.
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