If you're looking to expand your company's business into a remote area where you don't have an office address as yet, remote hiring should come to your rescue. One of the main benefits of remote hiring is that you can bring on board the best talent without any geographical constraints restraining you. A lot of companies are new to the concept of remote hiring and therefore prefer an in-house team that reports to work five times a day. However, if you are willing to explore an all new work setting, here are some tips that will make remote hiring a lot easier for you:
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Make use of your contacts
You might not have any contacts in the place you're looking to hire from, but your vendors, suppliers, and clients might know people in that particular area. Make use of those contacts because those associated with your business will have relevant insight into what kind of candidates will be a perfect fit for your organisation.
Resort to social media
One of the simplest and most accurate ways to secure the best talents from far away regions is via social media. Log on to LinkedIn and Facebook, and search for candidates who meet your requirements in that specific area. You can also scout for companies similar to yours that are operating in that locality to get an idea as to where they are hiring from.
Start with a trial project
Since you're hiring from a faraway place and you won't have the opportunity to monitor your candidate's work on a day-to-day basis, you'll have difficulty determining if the employee is the perfect fit for your company. To avoid future confrontations, start by entrusting the candidate with a trial project. How they go about completing that project will give you an insight into whether to retain them permanently or let them go.
Be patient and ask the right questions
Don't finalise your candidate after a single Skype interview. Just because your candidate nailed the online interview process that doesn't necessarily mean that they will make for a great remote employee. Take time out to interview them on the phone and via emails. While doing so, always ask the right questions. It is always good to know why an individual chooses to work in a certain way. Find out about where they plan to work out of and the hours they are willing to put in. Clear out all doubts and apprehensions before bringing them on board.
Identify distinctive characteristics
The qualities that your remote employees possess should be different from that of your in-house employees. A remote employee should be able to telecommute successfully. Since most of their dealings will happen over a Skype call, they need to possess excellent communication skills, be self-motivators, and be very tech-savvy. Apart from qualities needed to fulfill their basic job responsibilities, your remote employee needs to have the above mentioned key characteristics to make worthwhile contributions to the company.
It is easy to go wrong while hiring a remote employee and the consequences of that can go deeper than you think. It is therefore advised to take time out and hire in peace. Keep the hacks mentioned in this article in mind and you're sure to hire successfully.