You’ve found a job opening that you’re interested in – but you’re curious to find out if the position offers the ability to telecommute. You believe there may be the possibility given the overall purpose of the job, however, there is no clear statement alluding to remote availability. How do you ask if you can work remotely for a position? Find out below.
1. Read the Job Description
Start by dissecting the job description. Does the job require any customer-facing tasks? Are there tasks listed that you’re unsure whether you would need to be physically in the office? Or can most of the tasks be done online? Assessing the job description will help you better understand what is required of that position. If there are some job responsibilities that you’re unsure about, jot those down and move onto step 2.
2. Do Your Research
Before you ask in the interview whether you can work remotely for a position, take it a step further and do some research. Start by exploring the company website. Are there any sections that indicate different roles or job types? Search for a review section on the company website or Google to see if there are any comments left about the type of work options there may be. They may list “remote opportunities available” right on their website. So do your research before you ask.
3. Address the Question
Remember, just because the job responsibilities are tasks that could be done remotely, doesn’t mean the company offers it. If you are still unable to get a read on what the position offers, now is the time to ask. One way to bring this topic up in an interview is to ask the question from the standpoint of the entire company. For example, you can say something such as, “Do most of your employees work full-time from the office, or is there a lot of telecommuting?” – Fast Company. Asking the question in this manner will allow you to be more subtle, yet hopefully, provide you with the answer you are looking for.
Have you brought up remote work in an interview? How did that conversation go and did it affect your decision to accept the position?