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?


We rely heavily on written communication. So candidates that may have a great background or experience, but that are not precise in their communication, seem…


We lean toward people who are active participants in outside communities. This demonstrates leadership, organization and passion being pursued by the applicant, all characteristics that…


They have to be able to work independently. They have to be disciplined enough to be effective and to work without having a manager watching…

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How do you conduct interviews for remote jobs?

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…


We utilize Skype for face to face interviews.


Via our teaching platform On WeChat (video interview) Sometime Skype video calls

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

Sticker Mule

This is an area where we could improve. We mention it briefly in our job descriptions but it’s not explained well.


We use social media and various digital properties to share remote stories featuring our employees on an ongoing basis. In particular, we love Instagram as…


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

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What is your hiring process for remote workers?

Simple [A]

The process to become a full-time [A]gent has multiple stages and takes a long time. Our process weeds out people who are looking to quickly…

Origin Eight

The process for hiring remote workers if fairly formal. We follow a four-step screening process with multiple team members, filtering out and interviewing candidates at…

American Express

Broadly speaking, our profile for customer care professionals is the same: we’re looking for people whose passion and personality will make them excellent at delivering…

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


Since Chargify is a PCI compliant company, security is extremely important and background checks are a necessity.


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…


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.

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How do you conduct onboarding for remote workers?


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…


Onboarding can be challenging for hiring on-site workers, let alone someone who is remote. Luckily, we have really honed in on this process by using…

Inpsyde GmbH

They get all tools, instruction how we work, get to know our team and projects and they already are invited in our social slack channels…

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