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?

World Wide Web Hosting

We’ve found that it is imperative to find candidates that have a social foundation outside of work. People that rely on work for this tend…


When we hire, we look for people who see remote work as an upgrade—an improvement to their lives. They’re driven individuals who have the self-awareness…


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?


We conduct interviews the way we conduct most of our work – largely online. There are cases in which we’ve hired team members that we…


Lots of calls. For engineers we do engineering tests. We look for people with a lot of initiative.

Big Universe, Inc.

We first advertise on sites such as Craigslist and FlexJobs with very specific details of the job. We interview all candidates over Skype (or Hangouts)…

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


We allow candidates to apply no matter where they are located. For some functions there is a time zone restriction. Our handbooks are online so applicants…

Jungle Scout

We build quite a lot of content about our remote culture with videos, photography, and sharing our processes. It’s made clear on our jobs page…


The interview process mimics our day to day life and is all done remotely via phone, Google Hangout or Skype. As we speak to candidates,…

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What is your hiring process for remote workers?

Referral Rock

We don’t do phone screens. We immediately want to do a Zoom video call and set the precedent of how we operate as a company.


The approach would be roughly the same, with video calls replacing the in-person meetings.


Our interview process for most roles consists of a hiring exercise, one or several phone interviews, and in-person component. We always discuss team and organizational…

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


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.

Sticker Mule

Not currently.

GitHub, Inc.

Not to my knowledge, although we’re continually looking for ways to improve our hiring process to remove bias, promote diversity, and generally make it a…

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How do you conduct onboarding for remote workers?

Authentic Form & Function

Even though onboarding usually takes ~3 months in total, we’ll generally spend a couple of days with each new hire right away on various video…


We have a master Trello board we copy for each hire that lays out in detail the access needed/given, the benefits enrollment process (zenefits.com), notes…


We start by giving new hires access to all the tools they need to do their job. We use some tools like 1Password for password…

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