Working remotely has already become the norm in some parts of the work world. Companies of all sizes are taking advantage of this newer form of work – whether it’s for certain roles only or 100% of the company. It’s a win-win for both sides of a company:
Companies have access to better talents, they save money, and they improve productivity. MEANWHILE,
Candidates enjoy autonomy, flexibility, and work-life balance from remote working.
Now, when hiring remote employees, it’s more than just talking to candidates with a webcam. You have to be well-prepared for remote interviews, just like you would for an in-person interview.
Here are 10 tips on how you can hire remote workers tech-savvy and professionally.
1. Structure the hiring process
A structured hiring process allows you to stay focused and keep things running as smoothly as possible before, during, and after remote interviews. Recruiters should structure their hiring process to distinguish what is important and learn what steps need to be followed, who is responsible for certain steps, and the time frames for each.
This also allows you to conduct interviews that:
Reduce the risk of bias hirings, AND
Offers candidates a great experience when participating in remote interviews
2. Practice remote interviewing
Usually, recruiters want to reach out to as many job seekers as possible. Therefore, it’s imperative to practice conducting not just in-person interviews but remote ones as well. Here’s how you can own the remote interview process:
Upgrade and test your tech in advance.
Organize your interview by following a well-constructed script.
Teach fellow recruiters on doing well in remote interviews; AND
Make sure fellow recruiters have access to the tools needed to conduct remote interviews.
3. Give candidates a good experience
For certain job seekers, remote interviews may be new territory to them. Therefore, it's important to make candidates feel comfortable about doing a remote interview at all times.
Start with body language. Keep eye contact with the candidate rather than focus on your screen or settings. Also, be conversational to them rather than robotic. Finally, allow candidates to ask questions at the end.
4. Let candidates book slots
Job seekers want flexibility, especially when interviewing for jobs. Therefore, allow candidates to choose from a list of interview time options. This saves you and the candidate both time and emails when scheduling for interviews.
5. Send friendly reminders
Want to make sure that your candidates are kept in the loop about their upcoming interviews? Send them pre-interview reminders so that both parties can be well-prepared before the remote interview.
6. Test everything prior to interviews
It’s also important to test your equipment and connection before the remote interview. By ensuring that everything is working properly, there’s less chance that something will go wrong during the interview.
7. Present a virtual tour
Why not give candidates a guided tour of your company? Nowadays, virtual tours are effective when showing people what places and rooms look like. So, find a way to replicate an office visit into a virtual environment for candidates to see and experience for themselves.
8. Prioritize data privacy
People want their data to be safe, especially when participating in remote interviews. First, check how to handle candidates’ data in different countries. Then, research chat platforms and read up on their data privacy policies. This allows you to secure the data of both you and the candidates.
9. Dress properly
Just because you’re at home conducting a remote interview doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look the part. By dressing appropriately for the occasion, you’re not only staying professional, but you’re also setting an example for candidates, especially those who are participating in a remote interview for the first time.
10. Keep candidates engaged
Finally, people appreciate transparency. Therefore, engage with candidates throughout the remote recruitment process by doing the following:
Tell them the status of their application(s)
Let them know how the recruitment process is, AND
Let them know of any changes made during the process
Plus, be sure to follow up with candidates after the interview.
It’s clear that remote work is here to stay, and so is remote hiring. This is the one opportunity that HR professionals should take into consideration and evolve their company. By following these 10 helpful tips, not only will you be able to hire well in the current job world, but you’re also preparing yourself and your company for future tech-savvy hirings.
This is a guest article by Michael Dehoyos, a writer and editor at PhD Kingdom and Write my assignment. He is also a contributing writer for Origin Writings. As a content marketer, he helps companies improve their marketing strategies and concepts.
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