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?

Toptal

I look for energy. High-energy, proactive people are much more likely to succeed here. Am I excited talking to this person or am I glancing…

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,…

Bright!Tax

Their experience, credentials and achievements are the most important factor, whether they’ve worked remotely before or not. Self-discipline and desire to do the job are…

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How do you conduct interviews for remote jobs?

Trade Conductor

Over the phone.

Envato

Google Hangouts for the win! We use screen sharing apps as well for code tests and working through case studies and problems in real time

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…

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

Remote Year

We convey our remote culture in several ways during the recruiting process. First, we tend to source using job sites and other channels that are…

Workfrom

It’s our brand, so we don’t have to work hard to infuse it into our recruiting.

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…

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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.…

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…

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…

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

Wordfence

Yes, we do background checks on all our employees because we are in the information security space. We don’t use third-party testing.

Goodway Group

Yes. We use Wonderlic and DISC personality assessments for all candidates who interview, plus all employees go through a background check as a final step,…

Working Solutions

We use a third party behavioral assessment and background checking service in our process.

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How do you conduct onboarding for remote workers?

Chargify

Onboarding can be done remotely, but frequently the new employees will meetup in person with their immediate supervisor for onboarding. It can be a nice…

Knobs.co

We have them work through our website and knowledge base, then shadow other staff, and then have staff shadow them during their initial interactions. We…

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…

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