Career Coach; Learning and Development Expert; Passionate about helping you find your career sweet spot.
Interviewing for a job is a lot like dating. They called you for an interview so you know already that they are interested in you. Now it's your opportunity for you to see if you are interested in working with them. Relax, ask questions, and be yourself.
If companies are contacting you, it sounds like you have the experience they are looking for. If they want you, you should be able to negotiate for remote work. If you are unhappy at your current job, look for a new one that will give you want you want. Don't be afraid to make a change that will make your life better. You are never too old to do anything!
Remote work is here to stay. Employees want the opportunity to work from home, and technology gives us that ability. I think we'll find that 100% in person/in office jobs will be more difficult to attract and retain employees. People want work-life balance and remote work is one way to achieve it.
One of the best ways to discover if your job could be remote is to connect with people on LinkedIn who do the same job as you. Then (this part takes courage), have conversations with them about their company, their job, and the possibility of remote work. By doing this, you'll be growing your network, making new friends, learning about new companies, and taking an important step toward finding a remote job.
7 years is a long time, and things have probably changed. If you are truly interested in the job, apply. It never hurts to re-establish the connection with your old employer to discuss a new role at the company. Just be sure to ask about how things have changed and evaluate if those changes will make you happy at the company.