How To Hire Remote Employees Efficiently

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Remote jobs are quite popular in the job market, rightfully. Past were the times that required employees to mandatorily commute to work everyday. Times have changed, companies are changing too. Now, remote jobs take up a considerable percentage of the market and job seekers view the option to work remotely as a basic requirement. Companies are adopting the hybrid workplace culture which is quite remarkable.

The change from having face-to-face interviews to conducting interviews on phone makes recruiting and hiring the best remote employees a bit of a challenge for the HR managers. To ensure maximum success in recruitment and hiring, below are some must-know basics:

#1 Use online platforms

We all know about LinkedIn, Glassdoor and the kind of recruitment platforms on the internet. It is of utmost importance to make use of these platforms by posting regularly, but there are websites for remote jobs and only remote jobs which you can make use of. It is rather convenient for the remote job seekers to go through these websites without the trouble (although it may not be that big) of checking if the jobs are remote or not.

#2 Create attractive job descriptions

Job descriptions are one of the most important, if not the most important factor, that takes part in the decision of applying or not. A bad job description can lead the recruitment task into failure, which is why you should take care to make the job descriptions perfect and attractive. Give an overview of the job, make sure there are no grammatical errors, mention the work culture and responsibilities of the job. Instead of boring and generic, try something innovative to stand out in the market.

#3 Conduct Interviews Accordingly

Craft interviews according to the job and its requirements. Many times interview questions turn out to be extremely general. Interviews are not just a test for the candidate but also a test for the company. They help the candidates know more about the company through the interviewers. Be creative and specific with the questions and the interview process. Give the candidates chances to ask and clarify their doubts, and answer their questions well.

For remote jobs, you may have to conduct interviews through online meetings or phone calls, and it can be difficult to convey everything as efficiently as you can face-to-face. It is advised to take it slow and sturdy, and take enough time to explain and ask everything rather than rushing through the process. For some jobs, it is possible to ask the candidates for sample works or give them situations to work on as a part of the selection process.

#4 Communication

Talk with the candidates because it allows them to express their expectations while also allowing recruiters to learn about their nature and personality. If a candidate is discovered to be a good fit for a position, recruiters should keep in touch with him or her on a frequent basis. In order to avoid discrepancies once they begin working, inquire about their skills, preferences, and so on. Give them the details about what a typical day at work looks like and the general structure of the company or workplace. After candidates have been selected, give updates regularly about the hiring process.

#5 Orientation

Orientation can be quite a difficult task when it comes to remote employees. Since you can’t do all the walk-around-the-company-and-meet the-people kind of orientation, you should be able to make it as engaging and interactive as possible. You could make use of online meeting platforms, video-making, interesting online games and simple quizzes. It is better if you can employ a team just for the creation of an orientation space that is cool and effective.

#6 Benefits

Remote job seekers are often worried about not receiving benefits as in-office employees. Remote workers can be provided with health and wellness, opportunities to learn and grow like online workshops and webinars etc. While selecting benefits for these employees, you must be certain of how you will offer them, and they should be flexible for the employees to choose from.

Hiring remote employees requires a lot of “meeting, briefing, season greetings”, but it is inevitable in the current scenario to have employees who work remotely. As the trends in the job market change, you should change faster so as to keep up with the pace and compete with your competitors. The recruiting and hiring process should be specific to each role and be up to date. We wish you all the best in your hiring to get the best of employees working for you remotely.