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All-Remote interview questions

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Introduction

On this page, we're curating a list of questions that we at GitLab appreciate hearing answers to from others in remote organizations.

General remote-work interview questions

GitLab seeks to learn from others who are embracing remote work. This list of questions is directed at other peers working within a remote organization. Some are aimed at executives and hiring managers. In the video above, found on the GitLab Unfiltered YouTube channel, Sid asks the below questions to InVision Chief People Office Mark Frein.

We are working on a submission process for remote companies who want to engage in interviews with GitLab to share their perspective on these questions and more — stay tuned!

  1. What’s driving society’s appetite for workplace flexibility and remote opportunities?
  2. What qualities are important to look for in new hires as you scale a remote organization?
  3. How does all-remote contribute to people being themselves/vulnerable? What benefits have you seen manifest from this?
  4. Do you need special leadership qualities to lead an all-remote team, or does what you learn leading traditional teams transfer over?
  5. To what degree can remote comfortability be learned?
    • Is it easier to learn/adapt than learning to function in a co-located organization?
  6. Do you feel that all-remote organizations contribute to solving cost-of-living, traffic and housing crises in cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles?
  7. Do you feel that all-remote organizations are more inclusive by their nature?
    • Is all-remote a mechanism to tackle ageism in the workplace?
  8. What’s the impact of bringing skilled jobs to rural communities and underserved countries?
    • What kind of GDP-altering potential is there if all-remote itself is scaled?
  9. Can existing co-located organizations transition to all-remote?
  10. What encouragement would you give new startups today to structure their company as an all-remote entity?
  11. What types of businesses are best suited for all-remote?
  12. Why do employees apply to work in an all-remote culture?
  13. What’s the most important communication channel or practice that you use internally to keep your remote team connected and engaged?
  14. What advantages do remote organizations have when it comes to building and sustaining their company culture?
  15. What are some things you’d encourage newly remote employees to do?
    • Join a WiFi Tribe digital nomad chapter?
    • Consider relocating (temporarily or permanently)?
    • Working in new time zones?
  16. How do you weave in-person touch points or communal interactions into your organization?

Interview guests and answers

Below is an archive of past interview guests, answering the above questions and discussing remote work with GitLab team members.

Pick Your Brain interviews

An archive of Pick Your Brain interviews are below. We've also created a Pick Your Brain Playlist on GitLab's YouTube channel.

Learn more about scheduling a GitLab Pick Your Brain series.

GitLab All-Remote Snapshot interviews

GitLab's all-remote culture empowers team members to live and work where they are most fulfilled, and to structure their day in a manner that suits them.

If you have yet to work within an all-remote environment, it can be difficult to fully understand the potential. Each individual is able to approach all-remote differently, leveraging the autonomy it enables to improve one's life.

In the GitLab Unfiltered video above, two GitLab team members share their experiences on working in an all-remote setting, providing a glimpse at what's possible when embracing this style of work.

To provide insight and transparency into the lives of GitLab team members — and give those considering remote work ideas for structuring their own lives — we ask the below questions in a video interview. While GitLab's entire team is remote, there can be great diversity in answers.

  1. Who are you, how long have you been at GitLab, and what do you do at GitLab?
  2. What attracted you to GitLab?
  3. Was all-remote a big contributor to why you chose to work at GitLab?
  4. What notable elements of an all-remote culture have impacted how you structure your day and life?
  5. Would you walk us through a typical day in your life?
  6. If you were to give advice to someone considering working for an all-remote company, what would you tell them?

Explore answers from GitLab team members in the Remote Work playlist at the GitLab Unfiltered YouTube channel.

GitLab team members interested in being interviewed should message @dmurph.


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