Remote Hiring Essentials: How to Hire the Best Remote Employees

Before the pandemic, in 2018, Owl Labs rightly predicted that remote work would be the norm for the future. But, perhaps in a completely different way. However, looking at global statistics for remote work, over 56% of organizations offer remote work. Out of this, 16% offer full-time remote work. Hence, it is evident that the trend of remote work is gaining popularity.

But why do people prefer remote work?

Both employees and employers report better productivity as their main reason for opting for a remote working role. Coupled with the lack of commute and better work-life balance, remote work seems to be every employee’s dream. Recruiting remote workers, however, seem to be a different story altogether.

Is remote hiring challenging?

For experienced recruiters, remote hiring may be a cakewalk. Organizations that offer part-time or full-time remote work opportunities have experience in selecting the right candidate. For those organizations that have just started embracing the remote working style, there is a lot of groundwork to be covered.

When hiring remote employees, it is easy to make some common mistakes. From not assessing the candidate’s skills, to not explaining their duties clearly, you may miss out on a few key points.

However, with some research and conducting a few remote interviews, remote hiring gets smoother and you can grasp how you should handle remote employees.

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What aids remote hiring?

Remote hiring is not without its challenges. When interviewing candidates face-to-face, it is easier to present a set of questions. You can go with the flow when it comes to ascertaining whether they are the right fit for your organization.

With remote hiring, you do not have the advantage of facial cues and observing the candidate in person. Hence, you must keep a few key things in mind to ensure that you hire the best candidate available. Tried and tested methods may not always work out for remote hiring. You need to adapt your techniques to suit the process.

Keep it Simple: With remote hiring, it is best to keep the recruitment process simple. It should ensure the comfort of the employee and the employer as well. To keep the process as smooth as possible, remember to detail the job role and duties.

When hiring remote employees, it is best to clarify whether they have all of the tech and equipment necessary to fulfill their duties satisfactorily.

Test, Test, and Test: The most challenging part about remote hiring is ascertaining whether they are fit for the job. Every candidate wants to put their best foot forward, and it is quite easy to claim that they can get the job done. However, the reality may be different. Hence, before you hire a remote employee, it is best to provide them with a test project and verify whether their skills meet your requirements. Making use of assessment techniques can help in a certain way.

If you need guaranteed peace of mind, choosing a staffing company that provides vetted candidates should be on top of your list.

When in doubt, opt for contract candidates: Whether or not they are a remote employee, hiring someone on a contractual basis can be a solid move for any organization. You do not want to commit to hiring someone unable to fulfill your expectations later on.

  • Do they complete their work on time?
  • Are they reliable?
  • Are they able to meet deadlines?

When you hire someone on a contractual basis, it is easy to observe their work habits and see whether they are the right fit for your organization.

Don’t assume their availability: It can be easy to treat remote employees as help that is available around the clock. But, doing so can lead to frustrating situations very quickly. It is essential to treat remote employees the same way that you would treat your regular employees. 

While remote employees get to work from home, they have a working schedule as well. It is unreasonable to assume  that they would be available throughout the day. For your convenience, however, you may ask your employees which hours they prefer.

While remote employees may have a fixed schedule, it may differ from usual timings. Hence, they may be available to work for you during emergency deadlines, but it is best to ascertain availability ahead of time.

Communication is Key: No matter what type of employee they may be, communication is always the solution to any problem.

Clear communication makes it is easier to get ideas across and to relay any crucial information and expectations. Without a clear channel of communication, it can be challenging to rely on remote workers.

While you can observe office workers at any time, and quickly inform them in case of any last-minute changes, with remote workers, a proper channel of communication needs to be determined.

Choose whether you want to contact them via video calling applications or through chat only platforms, or even via  email. It is best to work out something that works for both you and the employee, as well as have some emergency contact points established as well. With the pandemic forcing most people to work from home, several apps that make it easier to keep in contact with remote employees are available in plenty.

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Clarify All Doubts: Unlike with in-person team members, it is hard for remote employees to always keep in touch with the team leader. Talking in person is much easy and allows for a quicker response than corresponding via emails.

Hence, when hiring remote employees or assigning them projects, it is a must to take the time to explain every detail. Ensure that they understand your company’s vision, goals, and the duties that they need to fulfil.

Be sure to check-in from time to time to ensure that they can understand everything clearly.

Technology is Your Friend: During the remote hiring process, you may get overwhelmed by the number of applications you receive. Since it is remote work, it can attract a larger pool of candidates and push up the number of applications.

Hence, using an application tracker software is a necessity. Such software keeps your applications organized, helps you sort through them quickly, and highlights which application seem more suitable for the task.

Using such software lets you pick fitting candidates based on their skills and experience and not just based on keywords in their resume. Handling a large volume of applications becomes effortless with such software.

Delving into the world of remote hiring may seem challenging at first, but with experience, it is much easier to manage. Keeping the process simple, providing tests projects, keeping a fixed channel of communication are easy ways to help determine whether an employee will be a good fit for the company, while at the same time helping establish a strong professional relationship.

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What Should You Keep in Mind?

Before you post your job listing, there are a few things to keep in mind. With a remote job, you have a wider range of potential candidates. Hence, you need to set a few rules to weed out the suitable candidates from this large pool.

  • What type of remote work is it?

To determine what type of employee will be fit to join the organization, it is crucial to understand whether a single employee will be working remotely, or an entire team.

Additionally, is the remote work full-time, without any need for the employee to visit the organization, or is it a part-time opportunity?

Verifying these details based on your requirements and clarifying them I the job listing will ensure that only suitable candidates apply for the post. It also helps you determine how you will interview the employee. If they need to work in teams, it will be up to you to co-ordinate the team and ensure that they can work well together.

  • Are you comfortable with different time zones?

With fully remote work, it is possible to hire candidates from a different country or even a different continent.

Outsourcing work to different regions is not new. However, it is not without its challenges. When hiring remote employees, it is essential to determine whether you are okay with hiring employees from different time zones.

  • What is your budget?

Organizations often opt for hiring remote employees as it can be cheaper. But this is not always true. When hiring a remote employee, it is important to determine your budget. Since you have a larger pool of candidates, it is likelier that you may be able to find a suitable candidate who will be willing to work within your budget.

Keeping these pointers in mind makes it easier for organizations to expand their remote teams.

The recent situation has shown that it is indispensable to be prepared for everything, and that remote work may be an excellent option for many organizations. While adapting to working from home may take time, the increase in productivity, as well as employee satisfaction, may be worth the plunge. While it may difficult at first, with experience organizations can fine-tune the processes with several organizations switching to a complete work from home model.

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Need help with remote hiring?

Cloudely has helped many established companies to build their remote teams in a cost-effective manner. Get in touch with us to know how to find the best remote talent that suits your business goals.

By |2020-12-23T10:13:29+00:00December 23rd, 2020|Staffing|3 Comments

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