Have you ever considered hiring remotely?
If it is something you have shirked at, for a myriad of reasons, now is the time to abandon the doubts and adopt new recruitment techniques if you want to secure the best talent.
While the impact of the coronavirus has brought into play social distancing and lockdowns, restricting meetings and face-to-face interaction in the workplace, it is also bringing in new work practices – that could have a long-lasting effect once normality returns.
The biggest stumbling block to hiring remotely is the inability to assess candidates face-to-face. However, if you can overcome that, there are many advantages to hiring remotely – and successfully.
By widening your recruitment search, be that regional, national or global, and being open to having remote employees on the payroll, you are giving your business an increased chance of getting the best talent available.
Remote employees can deliver exponential benefits, while the employee does not have to uproot.
To secure this talent, your business needs to showcase that it embraces remote employees, their working patterns and that you have the right culture. It is also important to consider the ‘benefits’ packages too – as remote workers won’t benefit from travel subsidies or gym memberships. So, consider what would be of benefit to them.
Many companies follow the same path as they would for hiring a workplace-based employee – but hiring a remote employee is also an opportunity to be inventive with your recruitment.
Having taken the decision to widen your recruitment to include remote employees – these steps should ensure your hiring process is effective.
Commence with an automated pre-screening questionnaire to applicants. Using a simple multiple-choice or true/false format will enable you to assess who can meet the requirements of your business and who is available when you need them. It is an effective and efficient method of narrowing down the field. Clarico has been using AI and data-driven tools to assess candidates for a number of years.
A secondary process that will identify the right talent. A skill test will enable you to identify if the candidate’s skills match those on their CV and also spot any gaps. As the candidates will be remote working, this is also an opportunity to assess their efficiency and ability to meet deadlines. As well as skills tests, you can conduct mock work-based tests, cognitive tests and personality tests. A combination of these will add more power to your choice of hire.
You have the option of conducting this by phone and/or video. Interviews are generally the ‘make or break’ stage of hiring and where ‘gut feeling’ can also play apart.
For companies that adopt a two-stage interview process, consider using both phone and video methods.
Using the phone interview first enables you to draw in other members of staff to both pose questions and assess the responses. If you use a conference call facility, some companies – like Dell – also look to bring an existing remote worker into the process.
Video interviews enable you to assess the candidates’ body language, mannerisms, communication skills and professionalism. Aside from tools like Skype or Google Hangouts, there are industry specific tools like SparkHire, which records interviews and enables you to compare candidates’ answers. If you’re working across different time zones, then Jobma enables you to record your interview questions in video format and for candidates to do the video interview at time convenient to them. Again, this enables you to compare answers.
Remote interviewing should be no less stringent than if it were face-to-face in an office.
Referrals and backchecks
It goes without saying, to ensure you conduct a thorough background check on the candidates before offering to hire. Again, this can be automated. Get the candidates to fill out online forms and the process is done automatically to save valuable time ringing around.
If you would like to find out about out the benefits of an automated, AI-driven recruitment process and how to secure the best talent from across the globe talk to a Clarico headhunter.