Looking for great candidates for a remote work environment can prove tricky. With remote work on the rise, many people are seeking out remote opportunities, but it’s your job to find candidates who will truly succeed at remote work. Consider the below four recruiting tips for remote companies to help you recruit remote workers.
Here are four recruiting tips for remote companies.
Promote your remote work options.
A common mistake made by companies recruiting for remote jobs is hiding their flex. Be upfront in job descriptions and during job interviews about what your remote work policies are. Provide as much detail about the remote work and flexibility you’re offering. Will the employee be working fully remote? Partially remote? Does the entire company work Monday through Friday, or does it offer flexible schedules? Can the employee live anywhere in the state? Anywhere in the U.S.? Anywhere in the world? Be clear about it. These are all things any potential remote worker will want and need to know. Ensure all this information is stated in your job descriptions and/or on your company’s career page. You may miss out on quality candidates if your job description seems to indicate you need to live in a specific city or that the job is only partially remote if neither is true.
Use niche job boards.
Finding remote employees can take more effort and due diligence than finding standard in-office employees. A great place to start is on niche job boards, such as FlexJobs, that cater to remote workers. You’ll find a plethora of potential candidates who are already seeking out remote jobs–many of whom already have remote work experience. Job seekers on these sites are looking for a company just like yours that supports remote work.
Ask the right questions.
Certain skills and abilities are needed for a remote worker to succeed. Determine what is most important to your company and ask questions of potential candidates to find the right person for the job. Examples of questions to ask are:
- What’s your previous experience with working remotely?
- Tell me about a time you worked with little supervision.
- Do you prefer to work independently or with a group?
- Do you have a home office set up?
- How do you organize and stay on top of work?
- How do you motivate yourself?
All of these questions will help you find trustworthy, productive, independent, and motivated remote employees.
Give a test.
The best way to see how a potential employee truly works remotely is to provide them with a test or sample work project. This will be an invaluable way to see how closely they follow directions, how high quality their work is, and if they can finish work on a deadline. A candidate who gives lip service to their ability to work remotely, but doesn’t perform well actually working remotely, may not be the best remote work candidate.