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?

MomsRising

We do want people that are highly motivated and collaborative team members.

Plex

We look for people that are “capable, humble and kind“ (we stole that from another remote company, but I can’t remember which one).  Being capable…

Kin HR

We put emphasis on how well a candidate can collaborate with other team members in a remote setting. Also, having a sense of humor can…

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How do you conduct interviews for remote jobs?

iDoneThis

We use Skype and collaborative text editors like Hackpad or PiratePad to work with interviewees. Process-wise, we have a few screening questions and often also…

1Password

It depends on the team. For the customer support team and some of the development teams, the first interview is text-based. Since we’re remote-first, it’s…

Fog Creek Software

We use appear.in to conduct our remote interviews. We typically set up a room we use for the entire day so the candidate only has…

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

Sococo

First of all, we use our product – an online workplace – to screen and interview recruits. This instantly conveys the importance of remote-ness in…

Sanborn

It’s interesting. I think every new person who comes on board morphs the culture a bit. So we just focus on letting them know it’s…

Eyeo GmbH

We always aim at painting the picture as realistic as possible. Usually, every candidate has to speak to one remote working colleague during the process.

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What is your hiring process for remote workers?

ThirdPath Institute

We only work remotely, so the process is the same for everyone.  During the hiring process we include at least one face to face meeting.…

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…

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?

InVisionApp

We check references and run a background check.

Teleport

For finalist candidates we do reference calls with people who have worked with them before, and potentially with some shared links in our social graphs.

Answer Connect

Yes, we do a background check as well as testing software to do a computer literacy test, listening skills tests, spelling, and typing tests.

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How do you conduct onboarding for remote workers?

Boldly

We have built an intranet or what we call “our Digital Vault” with onboarding videos, guides, and a knowledge base. It’s also a place where…

TaxJar

We’ve done both in-person and remote onboarding. Which one we use with each new employee is based on location and availability.

Envato

Everyone has Trello boards with information, tasks and suggestions to work through. Team members spend a bunch of time on line with their manager, have…

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