47+ Remote Interview Questions To Hire Top-Class Talent

We've been learning the best methods to hire and work in an office setting for over a century. Now that the clock has reset, we must race to develop new best practices for the remote era.

This abrupt shift in culture toward remote employment creates a business opportunity for startups. Adaptive startups will gain an advantage and become magnets for the greatest talent.

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Adapting to remote work necessitates relearning how to find and hire the finest people virtually.

It has two sides to it:

  • The first half of the equation is finding out how to spot talent within the confines of a remote hiring process: what attributes to search for and what questions to ask.
  • The other half of the equation is to retrain yourself on how to attract the proper talent.

Top remote job interview questions to hire employees

We have divided the remote work interview questions into five categories to help you easily build your remote interview process.

Adaptability

  1. Describe a situation when your employer abruptly changed plans. What was your reaction to the changes?
  2. Describe a time when things were rapidly changing. What was your working environment like?
  3. We're short on resources, and things are a little hazy here; what would you do to handle the situation?
  4. Describe a moment when you had to make a last-minute alteration to your plans. What methods did you use to communicate the changes to your coworkers?
  5. Who has been the most challenging individual you've ever worked with? (in terms of characteristics).

Speed

  1. Is it more vital to move quickly and complete the task, or to take your time and complete it correctly?
  2. Can you give an example of a time when you assisted your team in completing tasks quickly?
  3. Describe a moment when the company you worked for moved too quickly and caused a problem. What were your thoughts on this? 
  4. In terms of your goals and timelines, how do you prioritize establishing procedures and systems over shipping?

Initiative

  1. What are some self-started initiatives you've completed in the past? Why couldn't you persuade your boss at the time if it wasn't implemented?
  2. Explain a moment when you went above and beyond what was required of you. Why were you so adamant about getting it done?
  3. What is your best work-related concept, and what difficulties did you have to overcome to make it a reality?
  4. What would be your biggest difficulty and how would you address it if you were to get this job?
  5. What new things will you have learned in two years, and who do you want to add to your network? How would this position assist you in achieving your goals?

Essential questions

  1. Tell me about a time when you were passionate about your job. What did you like the most about it?
  2. Describe a period when you were completely absorbed in your task. How did you handle it?
  3. When was the last time you were working on something and looked up to see how much time had passed, only to be surprised at how quickly it had passed? What were you doing, and why were you so engrossed in it?
  4. Describe something you're proud of that you made at work or outside of work.
  5. What's the most interesting thing you've recently discovered about yourself at work? What method did you use to learn it? Why?
  6. Tell me about a niche product or something related to your hobbies or passions about which you have strong views and why.

Job permanence

  1. Give me a rundown of your most recent assignments. What did you learn from each, and why did you decide to leave?
  2. What do you desire from your next employment that you don't already have?
  3. How long do you think you'll stay here? What are your plans for the future?

Former Experience

  1. What was the most successful team you've ever been a part of? Why did it do so well? What role did you play?
  2. What aspects of your work do your coworkers most admire and respect?
  3. What do you consider your innate talents, and what have you worked the hardest to master?
  4. What was the most successful team you've ever been a part of? Why did it do so well? What part did you play?
  5. What superpower do you have? What is one thing you do better than most of your peers in your field?
  6. In your professional life, who have you learned the most from? What did you discover?
  7. How do you push your work's boundaries and limits?
  8. What advice would you provide to someone just starting out in your field? What are the best things to study and accomplish with your time, and what is a waste of time?
  9. What have you achieved so far in your profession that you are most proud of?

Talent magnetism

  1. Would you be able to join us immediately if we hired you today?
  2. Can you recall a moment when you hired someone for a company where you worked?
  3. Who are the three most remarkable people you've ever worked with, and what makes them so? If we recruited you, do you think you could persuade them to join you here?

Work-from-home questions

  1. What motivates you to work from home?
  2. What are your work priorities?
  3. How do you strike a balance between your job and personal life?
  4. How do you keep track of how well you communicate throughout the day?
  5. What resources do you require for your home office to succeed in a remote position?
  6. How do you plan your everyday routine?
  7. What communication channels do you employ, and for what purposes?
  8. How can you stay productive while working under the supervision of a team leader who isn't always available?
  9. In a remote work situation, how do you collaborate on team projects?
  10. How do you keep organized? What methods or programs do you use?
  11. In a remote scenario, how would you handle limited face-to-face interaction?
  12. What would you do if your remote team was unavailable?

These are some important remote interview questions you can include in your remote hiring process. Beyond the interview questions, further aspects of your employment process must change to accommodate a more distant world.
There's an opportunity here. The present hiring systems aren't suitable in this remote era; therefore, now is a good time to improve how we hire.

Hiring in bulk is one of the top benefits of remote hiring. You can interview a larger number of people remotely than you could in person. This, in principle, implies you'll have a better chance of meeting the ideal prospect.

Secondly, doing interviews remotely will make it easier to digitize and arrange questions between sessions. It's an excellent time to modernize your old analog hiring practices. The waiting and hiring times, redundancies between interviews, and inconsistencies among interviewees can be eliminated. We can be more organized and coordinated while working remotely.

Third, some biases may not manifest themselves immediately, which may aid us in making better hiring selections.

Fourth, some people who would be terrible office coworkers could be fantastic remote employees, and vice versa. Who we regard to be the best performers will alter due to remote employment.

Fifth, vetting becomes more crucial. If you never meet the people you recruit in person, references are even more critical. Remote candidates should also expect a longer and more thorough vetting process and be prepared to put in more effort during the interview process, possibly even working with your organization in a "try before you buy" scenario.