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?

Referral Rock

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

Greenback Expat Tax Services

We look for people who have shown initiative and ability to work independently and place a high value on those who have previously worked remotely.…

Teleport

We have a strong bias for people who have proven remote collaboration experience (if not full-time work then even as freelancers, participating in international communities,…

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How do you conduct interviews for remote jobs?

WooThemes

At WooThemes, the hiring process included two interviews, initial and panel. The initial interview involved a Skype voice chat with the standard interview questions. The…

FMTC

Interviews are conducted over UberConference. We ask a lot of detailed questions during the application process that allows us to narrow down the applicants pretty quickly…

Sanborn

We do it in a few stages. Directors and partners vet incoming resumes. Then the respective director does a video interview, and focuses on the…

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

VIPKID

Mostly through videos, advertising, and documentation that shows that the teacher will be online, teaching from home.

Mavens

From the first call we explain to candidates that the organization is remote and the important role our values play in our culture.

Hubstaff

The people we hire all understand that Hubstaff is a completely remote company, so there is no question of whether they’ll have to come into…

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What is your hiring process for remote workers?

Batchbook

We try to hire the best person for the job, whether they are local or virtual. A good culture fit is much more important than…

SoftwareMill

The process is quite complicated because we believe the cost of hiring the wrong person is very high. We start with a survey with questions…

Vork Inc

We hire for tasks rather than people. For the tasks, it has been fairly clear. And for important tasks we have, we outline the requirement…

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

Trade Conductor

I use my network to find the right people.

iTutorGroup

We screen every teacher with local agencies to ensure that only the most upstanding citizens are selected to join our team.

Formstack

We have historically used StrengthsFinder and the Predictive Index to help during an assessment. More importantly, every person hired is required to complete a small…

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How do you conduct onboarding for remote workers?

Time Doctor

After the interview, we give everyone a small project that takes two or three weeks to complete. We don’t necessarily care if they succeed, but…

Fog Creek Software

We typically bring new remote employees to the office for their first week. We bring their team in as well so that training and onboarding…

Ultimate Software

Via Skype. We have a member of the onboarding team who is dedicated solely to remote employees.

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