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How To Successfully Answer Tough Telecommute Job Interview Questions
Written by: S McIntyre
A job interview is a natural process in a telecommute job search. It doesn't matter how many job interviews you've done it doesn't get easier because every company have different questions to ask.

I'm assuming you have practiced for your most commonly asked questions like, "Why do you want to work from home?" I'm sure you have the answer down pat, but don't get caught in complete silence when it comes to responding to other tough job interview questions that may arise.

What motivates you at a job?
Give an example that relates to a previous job. Is customer service your top priority? Was it to help solve a problem or overcome a challenge? Maybe it's the job stability or the personal growth the company offers its independent contractors.

How do you deal with gossip at a workplace?
Even though you work in a virtual environment there is still workplace gossip. You will eventually hear it through the grapevine or it's talked about on a work at home forum. Explain how you feel about gossip, how you would handle it and what you would do.

What can you bring to our company?
If the company is focused on team work and creativity then let the interviewer know you possess those skills and you have the personality traits to complement the company.

Why do you want to work for us?
Of course you can't say because they pay more than ABC Company. Make sure you have researched the company thoroughly. Was there something the company did or accomplished that made an impression on you? Or did you find you liked where the growth of the company was headed?

Why should we hire you?
It may seem obvious to reiterate your strengths, skills and experience, but it's not necessary. Tell them what they don't know about you.

Are you a leader or a follower?
You don't want to imply negatives in either role so be aware of what you're saying. The best is to give examples of when you were in a leadership role and explain how you work well in a team environment.

If I called your previous employer, what three things would he say about you?
Tell your interviewer about an accomplishment or idea you came up with and they used.

Explain what this job entails.
Keep it brief and list the responsibilities and tasks of the position.

What goals have you set and accomplished?
If you don't have a professional accomplishment, then think of a personal achievement that relates to your skills or experience. It may be something you taught yourself how to do or you had a successful fundraising event.

Why did you choose to work in this industry?
Tell them how you became interested and how your skills, your commitment and professional goals match what they are looking for.

Preparation and knowledge is the key. These can be some of the tough job interview questions you're faced with. If you really know yourself, these questions should be easy to answer. Take the time to review them and expect other similar difficult questions that may pop up on your next job interview.


S McIntyre is the founder of, a free work at home resource focusing on work at home companies, daily telecommute job leads, articles, business resources and other work at home related topics.

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