Team Management

The Elements of Hiring Remote in a Distributed Company

Opportunities for remote work has been growing rapidly by the year, with more and more companies providing this choice to their employees. In fact, according to a survey of 3,028 employees worldwide across 23 countries and 6 continents, 56% of companies allow remote work. With more and more companies offering the option to work remote, it’s about time for CEOs and business managers to consider hiring remote employees, too. 

The market for remote skills is currently at an all-time high and it just makes sense for businesses to start benefiting from this growing pool of talents. Once you decide to become a part of the telecommuting industry, then you will have to prepare yourself for the tasks involved in hiring remote employees for your company.

Preparing the Job Description

To notify your prospective applicants about the nature of the job, you will have to create a well-written job description. The job description on your post will set the tone for the job, that’s why you should be clear about the following:

  • Level of flexibility - full remote or partial, with regular meetings or reports to the office)
  • Availability for the role - full time or part-time daily, X number of hours weekly, flexible working hours, weekend work, etc.
  • Technical skills and job tools - familiar with Wordpress, Java programming, or requirements on computer specs, internet speed, laptop for regular work meetups, etc.

  • Your company culture and benefits - your commitment to remote work, benefits reaped by employees, tools and platforms in place. Do you have a hybrid working environment or are you planning on offering a full remote setup? It's important to understand the structure of your company and how that reflects in your culture strategy

The Interview Process for Remote Hiring

Once you have your job post out, you will have to prepare yourself for the job interview. Here are a few things that you should prepare for the interview:

1. Job Details

Depending on the position you are hiring for, you will need to acquaint or remind yourself, as well as the applicant, of the requirements and specifications you have set for the job post. You will also have to remind your interviewee about what to expect from the job.

2. Interview Questions

This is where you get the opportunity to get to learn more about the personal and professional background of an applicant. Gear your questions towards identifying the skillset, availability, willingness to learn, and work tools of the applicant. Your questions should help clarify what skills you are looking for, such as emotional intelligence, technical knowhow, etc., and allow you to test them across a computer screen.

3. Schedule a Virtual Venue

Since you are hiring a remote worker, the location should not be an issue, unless you are looking for someone who can still report to the office every now and then. Even so, remote hiring means you will have to set up your interview online through your preferred video conferencing tool. You should also clarify that during the interview, cameras should be on. This will give you and your applicant the opportunity to engage in body language communication.

4. Test Projects

Equally as important, you will have to provide at least one test project so that you can gauge the technical abilities of the applicant in relation to the job you are hiring for. 

The Makings of a Great Remote Worker

For a person to become successful as a remote employee, here are some characteristics to look for:

1. Self-motivated - Independent and able to stay on track when performing tasks. Takes action without being told to do so.

2. Disciplined - good at following through on tasks, meets deadlines, and understands the importance of healthy work habits.

3. Good communicator - highly responsive, communicates often and responds timely to messages.

4. Tech savvy - knows how to get work done on computers and other devices. Understands how to use job-specific software and programs.

When it comes to hiring a remote employee, it’s important to be very clear with your requirements and expectations. You should also be ready to take on and schedule interviews accordingly and assess the applicants properly to be able to find the remote worker that is perfect for your company and its culture. If you want more help and tips from a professional remote work consultant, feel free to book a free 30-minute consultation with me.