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How to best present that you are a nomad at a job interview?


by @gonchs | 5yr  | 7 comments

It seems that anytime I mention to someone that I donโ€™t live in any one single location and that I travel frequently (a month here, several months there, etc), many people immediately think about some backpacker who lives in a tent/hostel, goes to sightseeing every single day of the year and is distracted all the time. Of course this is not true as many people, including me, live in normal apartments, planning takes very little time and this lifestyle doesnโ€™t affect the ability to do full-time work in any way.

Questions:

  1. In a job interview context, how do you best explain what digital nomad means and why it is an advantage? Think answers to questions like โ€œSo, where are you based?โ€ or โ€œWhere are you right now?โ€, etc.

  2. Have you ever been rejected based on the fact that you are a nomad (have no single fixed โ€œhomeโ€)? If so, how common is that?

  3. Did you consider just lying and saying that you are in some other city? After all, there is no way of knowing your real current location and if it makes the interviewer more comfortable in hiring you and paying you more (many people feel itโ€™s ok to pay more to someone just because they live in more expensive city), why not take advantage of it? Theyโ€™ll never know as long as the timezone is the same.

EDIT: I work as a software developer.

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@anaidoeurope | 5yr

Hi fellow nomads,
Iโ€™d like to contribute to this topic with my recent experience and maybe motivate some of you :wink: In the recent months, since my only task at work became to manage international projects, Iโ€™ve started to notice thereโ€™s actually no real point of me coming to the office. I was working on my computer and communicating with a team from 5 different European countries. Sure, talking to my coworkers few times a day was pleasant but not contributory at all for my work. The decision of quiting the job and doing part-time remote work for several, came along with my eternal wish to travel the world AND to work exclusively on what i loved - innovative eu funded projects. Since then Iโ€™ve had my ups and downs but in the last 3 weeks I gathered positive feedback from, letโ€™s say prospective clients. Iโ€™ve been quite active at this because Im gathering as many as I can before I leave. So yesterday I had one of my first meetings with CEOs of consulting businesses in my field. How I came about them was that Iโ€™ve sent emails directly, pitched my skills and exposed my personal remote work philosophy. I got 100% response rate, with one meeting behind me and two of them confirmed for next week. Definetly more than I was expecting. From the first impression, it seems as if people from Slovenia, especially those constricted to certain locations and obligations, find my remote work and travel plans interesting. Looks as if, one of the prevailing reasons why they quickly responded was my out-of-the-office mindset. They are interested in my story and how I would get around it. I asked the director, โ€˜Do you estimate a project worker can be location-independent?โ€™, and his โ€˜Yesโ€™ was backed up with his own experience (though short-term) in Thailand and Croatian coast. โ€˜As long thereโ€™s a wireโ€™, as he experessed himself about internet connection, โ€˜you can do everything on the projectโ€™. I smiled lightly, holding myself back, still pertaining that rational thinking. โ€˜Especially if the project is international, then thereโ€™s actually no other way around itโ€™ smiling and looking at me in search for consent. โ€˜Exactlyโ€™ was my communicated anwer as my heart was filling up with joy. Another similar or even better feedback came from a startup owner who actually picked me up because of my DIG NOM intentions, later did he find out I work on eu projects. Without me having to pitch anything, he expressed their interest in publishing my story on their channels and offered something already.

So I guess I would have to agree with levels.io here: pick companies whoโ€™s managers are progressive out-of-the-box thinkers since you will get more support from them. AND prove your diligence before you start because, again I agree, itโ€™s all about if you can deliver by the deadlines. Thatโ€™s my method now and it seems to be working so far.

Iโ€™m keeping fingers crossed for all of us, we certainly are extremist among prevailing limited-minded people in our environments.
http://idoeurope.tumblr.com/ if you want to follow my story or maybe get inspired/motivated :wink:

Cheers,

Ana Fazarinc Povh

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@gnefkow | 5yr

This doesnโ€™t directly answer your question, but I would focus on their real concern: Can they depend on you to be available?

Youโ€™ll probably want to emphasize your strategies for finding internet when you settle in a new spot. Talk about your normal working habits in a way that makes it all seem very routine for you. Telling them that youโ€™re always available at certain hours, regardless of location.

Tell them your process for changing locations. How many days does it take you to โ€œsettle inโ€ before youโ€™re back to normal productivity? Can you be flexible for when you change locations based on the normal product cadence?

Iโ€™m the only nomadic worker in my remote company. It would be silly to say that it isnโ€™t more challenging. Internet, mainly, is the biggest challenge for me. โ€œRemoteโ€ for most of them just means they get to work at home, it actually makes their โ€œpresenceโ€ MORE consistent and dependable.

Also, when people tell me where Iโ€™m from, depending on their demeanor, I always answer either โ€œAustinโ€ or โ€œIโ€™m homeless.โ€ They donโ€™t need to know that I donโ€™t actually have an address anymore :smile:

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@wanderingdev | 5yr

then donโ€™t mention how frequently you travel. but I would agree, theyโ€™re not really remote companies then.

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@gonchs | 5yr

They ARE remote. But the reason why is generally because they want someone cheaper and/or larger pool of applicants to choose from, not because they want someone who travels frequently which makes them worry about distractions due to not being able to relate to what being a nomad actually means.

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@levelsio | 5yr

Then they shouldnโ€™t call themselves remote companies.

The definition of remote work is that location is not important.

These companies shouldnโ€™t even ask how or where you spend your time. Itโ€™s about the quality of your work only.

If theyโ€™re focusing on other things, theyโ€™re not remote companies and you probably donโ€™t want to apply to them.

Pick companies that embrace the future, not the past.

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@levelsio | 5yr

Why do you apply for jobs that are not remote in the first place? Thereโ€™s plenty and theyโ€™re made for you and they LOVE that youโ€™re a digital nomad, itโ€™s their thing!

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@wanderingdev | 5yr

I think it depends a lot on what you do. Working remote is getting more popular in certain sectors like tech.

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by @programmingmark | 5mo 4 months ago | 2 comments

Hello digital nomad!

I dream of being an independent digital nomad. But it feels very elusive & unattainable with my success rate. In full disclosure, whilst I have dreamed about making money online since high school; I have not earned a single cent making money online. $0, nada, zilch!! On the contrary, I have spent a lot of time & money on books, podcasts. Even though I have spent a lot of time reading/listening to others, I do not have anything to show for it!

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I need some advice from you please!

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  • What is a good way of achieving this goal?

Thanks
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by @rose_davis | 8mo 7 months ago | 7 comments

Hi!

I am planning to move to Latin America for 3-4 months (Oct-January). Iโ€™ve narrowed down 6 different places that I want to visit before committing to settling down, but Iโ€™d love to get some community input.

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in India by @ankitdas123 | 9mo 9 months ago | 56 comments

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