Hiring Remotely

140 companies answer 6 questions

In our Hiring Remotely section you'll learn how best in class remote companies use their remote status to recruit the top candidates in the world. Discover how you can increase your applicant pool and find and interview the best candidates remotely.

What traits do you look for in candidates for a remote job?


Independence is a trait we lean towards. The ability for someone to take a project, and make it their own is key for our remote…

Referral Rock

Strong communication and accountability are paramount. Everyone wants that, but without those traits you can’t run a remote organization.


One of the biggest is a candidate has to have worked remotely before, preferably for at least 2 years. Bonus points for working previously for…

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How do you conduct interviews for remote jobs?

Working Solutions

We interview by phone and have started introducing video interviewing in some cases.


We conduct all of our interviews virtually using a tool called Zoom. We go through at least three interviews with all candidates. Once we’ve gathered…


Have we mentioned how much we love Skype? It really is a part of our daily operations. All of our pre-screening is conducted through Skype.…

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How do you convey your remote culture in the recruiting process?

Universal Mind, Inc.

Absolutely! The best talent out there is often attracted to work from home options, and because that is such a huge part of our culture,…

Go Fish Digital

We explain it as both a benefit and a responsibility.  There are a lot of great things that go along with it, and many people…


There is an emphasis on the diversity within the workforce, opportunities for travel and how home workers allow us to have coverage as an employer…

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What is your hiring process for remote workers?

Five Q

Our process is fairly rigorous — and “standard” — but, we do really want to ensure that new staff can thrive well in a remote…


Probably the big difference is that you look harder for personal passions. The applicant’s raison d’être. If they are turning up to work remotely every…

Intridea/ Mobomo

Often times, we seek out entrepreneurs.  Self-motivation is crucial for remote teams – we aren’t there to micro-manage you – so that’s a huge factor…

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Do you use third party testing or evaluation services when hiring remote workers?

Coalition Technologies

The entire screening process is completed internally. We use a system created by our CEO to screen candidates, including skills tests. We gauge the quality…


We do 100% of the testing and evaluation process of hiring in-house. That said, we do use Workable to manage our application processes from start…


We check references and run a background check.

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How do you conduct onboarding for remote workers?


It depends on the area they work in, but in general, colleagues working in the same area support the new workers in onboarding, mainly with…

Help Scout

Valuable face-to-face time is a great way to kick-start a successful transition into a remote company so we try to fly folks to Boston (where…


Onboarding is done through a series of online collaboration tools. We have a new hire orientation on the first day, just as we would if…

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