Hiring a Remote Employee for the First Time

Hiring a Remote Employee for the First Time

Hiring remotely can bring a wide range of benefits to your organization, starting with the obvious: When you extend your pool of candidates beyond those within commuting distance, you can access the best talent in the country, or even the world. You don’t have to choose between the five candidates who meet your criteria and happen to live nearby. You (and your employees) can also sidestep some of the hassles that traveling to the office every day entails.

But remote workers also bring a few challenges. It’s not easy to get to know someone on a personal level if you never see them face to face, and communicating entirely by phone and written message can allow some important details and nuances to fall through the cracks. So when you select your remote employee, make sure you follow these tips and choose a candidate who can handle the challenges of the role.

Schedule at least one video interview.

This can allow you to hear and see your candidate in a real-time conversation, and it can help you better understand the person to whom you may be trusting important aspects of your business. Even one conversation can go a long way.

Ask about the candidate’s history with independent work.

Not all workers—even the most cheerful, skilled, and productive workers—are cut out for independent employment. To work well independently, your candidate will need to have no trouble with social isolation and little oversight. Ask if she’s done this before, and ask how she handles each specific challenge that comes with this type of work environment.

Provide appropriate tests.

You’ll need to pay the candidate for her time if your test process exceeds about 30 minutes, but if you can keep the time investment to a minimum, present your applicant with skills tests, software tests, communication tests, or any other test that might give you an accurate understanding of her readiness for a remote role.

Explain your communication tools.

What platforms do you use to connect with remote employees? Will you be ready to offer these platforms to your candidate and create accounts for her under the company’s purview? Has she used these platforms before and does she understand them already, or will she require training? Make sure that both of you understand how your communication and work delivery process will take place, and make sure both of you are prepared to download, install, purchase, or access the tools that will be necessary to stay in contact.

Work With a Top Recruiter in Scottsdale

For more on how to select and hire an employee who you may never meet in person, contact the team at the ACCENT Hiring Group today and work with a top staffing recruiter in Scottsdale.

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