IT Management Slideshow: 10 Questions to Ask Virtual Job Candidates

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 01-23-2012

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"What did you do when a manager was absent and you had to make a decision?"

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Virtual employees must be independent to handle the remote work environment.

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"What three things have you done within the last 12 months to improve yourself?"

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This speaks to a required drive toward continuous, professional development.

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"If you have a problem and don't know the solution, what do you do?"

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This should reveal potential for independent research and resourcefulness.

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"How do you manage working for more than one supervisor?"

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Virtual professionals often must deliver for more than one leader.

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"How do you stay in touch with co-workers, supervisors?"

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Constant contact and providing frequent project updates eliminate dangers of the "MIA" remote employee.

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"Describe your remote office, and virtual workday."

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Work environment and routines should align with those of your department and an overall professional existence.

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"If you had enough money to retire right now, would you?"

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A strong remote-office candidate isn't the type who counts the days to retirement.

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"How do you prioritize projects?"

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Remote employees must effectively assess the importance of tasks along with availability of resources to meet multiple deadlines.

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"How do you stay current?"

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A virtual work arrangement shouldn't translate to decreased awareness and command of industry trends.

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"Tell me when you chose NOT to do a particular task?"

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There is nothing wrong with saying "no." But were the reasons beneficial to the organization, or self-serving?

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