Does the company have a corporate IM system? Use messageboards or IRC? Does it use a collaboration tool like SharePoint
? A web conferencing tool like WebEx
? Will there be daily check-ins with you manager? How often does the team meet? The answer to this question will give you a good idea of how well prepared the company is for working with remote staff. It’s quite possible that in companies that don’t already have telecommuting staff that the answer to this question could be, “email and telephone.” In which case, you might like to suggest that the company investigates some of the tools mentioned above — many of them are available for fairly low (or even zero) cost.