What Qualifications Do Employers Look for When Hiring for a Remote Job?


What Qualifications Do Employers Look for When Hiring for a Remote Job

by Rachel Lake

In a highly competitive market, it’s not enough just to be a strong candidate. To earn a remote position, you also need to prove you can work effectively from home. Not everyone is naturally disposed to remote working—most of us need a strategy to keep up our motivation, productivity, and enthusiasm. Soft skills involving communication and emotional self-regulation are key, along with self-discipline, focus, and even your familiarity with modern technology.

If you’re interviewing for a remote position, here’s what you need to know about how to position yourself as a top candidate.

7 Qualities Employers Are Looking for in a Remote Candidate

1. Conscientious.

In an interview with BBC, Timothy Pychyl, an associate psychology professor at Carleton University, says conscientiousness is the “best predictor of job performance” out of the ‘Big Five’ personality traits (extroversion, agreeableness, openness, conscientiousness, and neuroticism).

In other words, an employer must…

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