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As of now, it’s safe to say that remote hiring is here to stay. And it’s easy to see why, when you consider that 97% of employees don’t want to go back to the office full-time and 61% of employees actually prefer working remote full time. It’s no wonder that most professionals expect remote working to become the new standard.
This ultimately means that remote hiring will remain a vital part of the recruitment process for some time to come. Remote hiring, however, brings with it several challenges that you’ll need to face to make sure you hire the right remote employee.
So, what can you do to make remote hiring better? Let’s take a look.
Finding the right fit for your company is important for any job opening. So, it’s crucial that you craft your job listing to reflect this. This is even more important for remote jobs because you’ll have to consider the specific remote working traits that a candidate must have.
You’ll also need to consider the specific time zone and location requirements of the job to make your workforce most effective. By specifying all these requirements in your job listing, you’ll narrow the available talent pool and up your chances of finding the right candidate.
Apart from the requisite skills and experience level you look for in any candidate, certain traits are crucial for a candidate to be successful at remote working. These, for example, include communication, collaboration, organization, and efficiency.
Another thing you should consider is that remote employees should be comfortable with communicating through video and good with being on camera for collaborative meetings, simply because this will be your main mode of communication.
When a candidate doesn’t have these qualities, they’ll probably be a bad fit for a remote position. So, absent these traits and skills, it’s not worth it to take the hiring process further.
For remote hiring, using the right technology is crucial. So, whether it’s screening applications or conducting a remote interview, you simply need the right tools.
Tech stack aside, for an optimal interview experience, you’ll need to ensure that each of your interviewers has a strong internet connection, good lighting, and the right video conferencing platform to conduct the interview as seamlessly as possible.
Another reason for investing in the right technologies is that any tech fail will effect employer brand and make the company look bad. Apart from this, it will reduce the time your interviewers can spend with the candidate and result in a less-than-optimal candidate experience.
When it comes to the interview stage, you must fine-tune your strategy specifically for remote interviews. Your first step to do this would be to create a list of questions that effectively covers the candidate’s skills, experience, background, and personality.
If possible, you should also limit the number of interviewers on the interviewing team. Research has shown that there are diminishing returns for each interviewer after a certain point. So, you should try to have no more than three interviewers present.
Also, it’s a good idea to keep the interview structured and have each interviewer focus on one specific area like skills, experience, personality, and so on. This will allow the team to get the information they need to make a decision.
One of the most important things you should do when hiring remotely is to respect the candidate’s time. In fact, one of the most common issues candidates encounter during remote hiring, especially when it comes to the interview stage is the amount of time wasted during the process.
So, whether it’s scheduling or the interview itself, you should implement the necessary tools and strategies to create a quick, efficient, and seamless hiring process. This greatly improves the candidate experience and will make you stand out from the crowd.
Considering that remote hiring is here to stay, it’s crucial that you implement the necessary processes and strategies to improve your remote hiring efforts. Hopefully, this post helped illustrate some of the things you could do to achieve this.
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