What to Keep in Mind When Hiring Remote Workers

What to Keep in Mind When Hiring Remote Workers

Thanks to the Internet and the prevalence of many other technological advances, remote working is an increasingly popular trend. While many individuals enjoy working remotely and being able to take better control of their work/life balance, companies also benefit in numerous ways.

For example, remote workers do not take up space in the office or require companies to pay for extra equipment and supplies. These workers are usually more productive because they do not have workplace distractions, such as chatting with co-workers and catching up on office gossip.

When the right candidate is selected for the job, both parties can benefit. However, in order to find the right candidate, you will need to work closely with the hiring company as well as the candidates.

The Hiring Company

It can be nearly impossible to find an ideal candidate for a hiring company when that company does not quite know what it is looking for in a new hire. Spend time speaking in detail with the company’s manager. Ascertain the skills, experiences, and qualities that they are looking for in a new hire. In addition, focus on the company’s culture and their experience with other remote workers.

If this is the first time that they are hiring a remote worker, discuss the various technologies that can be used by the company and the new hire to stay in touch, collaborate, share documents and more. This includes Skype, Slack, HipChat and other tools.

You should also stress the importance of communication between their in-office staff and the new hire. Everyone in the company who will interact with this new hire must be willing to actively make an effort to communicate and collaborate with them. In addition, they should be just as proficient with the technology as the candidate is expected to be.

On the other hand, if the hiring company has experience with remote workers, ask the manager what types of software and tools their ideal new hire will have experience with. You may also learn about the challenges that the company previously had with remote workers. This will help you screen candidates more easily. In addition, it may give you the information that you need to answer job applicants’ questions about the position.

The Remote Workers to Be

After you have a detailed conversation with the manager at the hiring company, you can more successfully identify talent that may be well-suited for the position and the environment. Initially, you should screen candidates based on their skills and experiences. After you have eliminated candidates who do not have these qualifications, you can then focus on qualities that may make these candidates ideal for a remote work position.

For example, they should be well-organized and have a strong ability to concentrate amid home-life distractions. They also should be self-starters because they typically will not have a manager constantly checking up on them. Remote workers should be communicative and reachable during the business day. If you have trouble reaching them now, the company may have difficulty after they hire the individual. Communication should be fast and easy, and they should not waste unnecessary time forming an email or text message.

Because the basis of remote working lies in technology, these should be tech-savvy individuals who know how to work with technology and use it to protect confidential work data. This individual should have a separate workspace inside the house so that kids and others are not bothering them or messing with files and documents. The ideal candidate will also be positive and will know how to handle tough situations on their own. Finally, a great remote worker is able to work independently and can make quick decisions when necessary.

Remember that each of these qualities as well as the individual’s background and experience are independently important and relevant. A weakness in even one area may spell trouble once a candidate begins working in the position.

Interviewing Remote Workers

After you have focused on these points, you have a good understanding of who the ideal remote worker candidate is. To find these workers, consider setting up a video chat interview to assess their ability to use technology, to communicate professionally in this environment and to maintain a quiet, professional environment at home.

During the interview, inquire about the remote work experience they have and the tools and technology they used in previous remote positions. You should also ask how they organize their tasks for the day and about their dedicated home office space. Other questions involve their ability to communicate effectively and the steps they take to stay motivated on a daily basis without someone constantly monitoring their actions.

It is rarely easy to match a great candidate with the right position in an on-site environment, and this task can be even more complicated and time-consuming when you are looking for a remote worker that is suitable for a new position. When you focus your attention on these points, you can more quickly and easily connect a candidate with a remote position.

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Jasmine Williams

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