What are the important questions to ask a prospective virtual employee? In any corporate set-up, interviewing candidates for a position may be one of the most crucial things to do, and this is considering you get to meet the applicant face-to-face. Just imagine interviewing someone over the phone, miles away from you? This adds pressure to the business owner who’s doing the interview. It can also create pressure on the part of the interviewee since she has to convince the employer that she is qualified to do the job. Her voice should be able to convey her capabilities and her personality as well. Of course, her credentials will also play a part in the hiring and recruitment process.
My piece of advice for business owners doing interviews over the phone or thru Skype is to be ready with questions that will help them identify which candidate will be the best fit for them. I have here 5 sample questions that you can ask a prospective virtual employee. It is my hope that this will help you make the right decision:
- Do you have your own computer and reliable Internet connection?
This is an important question because virtual employees work remotely. They have to have their own machine (computer) and a reliable Internet connection. They have to understand that most tools or programs that you are going to use have to be downloaded to their computers.
- How’s your working environment?
This question will give you an idea where the candidate would work- is it at home, coffee shop, virtual office? And if you will listen closely to her response, you will be able to gauge if she really wants to work as a virtual employee or she just wants a paycheck. I believe that the working environment has the power to influence the kind of work one does. If there are a lot of destruction, the output may suffer.
- Do you communicate well?
Having an open and clear communication with a remote employer is important because it makes up for the lack of face-to-face interaction. She should be able to convey challenges and problems to you so that it can be addressed immediately. She should also understand that she has to report to you on a regular basis.
- Are you a self-starter or go-getter?
A virtual employee must know how to manage herself. She should be motivated in learning about your company, product or service without you spoon-feeding her. Of course, you should still brief her about your company. The Internet can only provide her with limited information. She must also know how she can improve her skill set in relation to the kind of task or project you are going to give her.
- Can you tell me something about yourself that is not in your resumè?
This question will help you gauge the kind of personality the candidate has and how she sees or values herself. Based on what you will hear, you can judge whether she will be a good fit in your organization.
These are just some of the questions you can ask prospective virtual employees. You can add to this, depending on what you are looking for.
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