Monday 19th Apr 2021
As working professionals all over the globe adapt to the ever-changing business landscape, a new era of working habits has emerged, with more and more people switching to a remote approach. With this shift come more opportunities for jobseekers, as it eliminates the requirement to relocate to wherever a particular role may be.
However, engaging and retaining remote workers doesn’t come without its challenges, and meeting, gelling with, and ultimately hiring a new recruit, all from behind a computer screen or a telephone can prove a difficult task.
To get you started, here are some simple steps to make your remote recruitment process run a little bit smoother.
Master the video interview
Invest in savvy video tools that will help you to conduct professional, uninterrupted virtual interviews — there’s nothing worse than a patchy connection, delayed movements, and disjointed sentences.
Secondly, try to work on your online interview style, we’ve previously written about perfecting your video persona — always ensure you arrive in the meeting room before the candidate, allow time for ‘chit chat’, and try not to be too formal.
Establish some key criteria and assessment tasks
Assessments are an excellent way to determine the applicant’s skill level and recognise areas for improvement or development. Come up with some criteria that an ideal recruit would be capable of hitting and assign some questions accordingly.
Sending over some tasks to complete within a certain time frame can also help to gauge their ability to meet tight deadlines. Try to be objective in the judging process, perhaps there are some elements that will be improved with experience within your industry.
Don’t rush into making a decision
Remember, a virtual interview is never going to match a face-to-face meeting in allowing you to truly get to know a candidate and develop a feel for the type of colleague they will be. If you’re not 100% confident about your decision, don’t rush into it.
Arrange a second interview, check references, and even offer a ‘trial day’ to make sure they’re the right fit for the business.
Allow time for a prolonged onboarding period
Similarly, an onboarding process is likely to take a little longer with a remote workforce, as they adjust to new processes and rely on digital communication to solve day-to-day queries.
Be patient and offer regular check-ins with recruits to monitor their progress and ensure they get a real sense of team spirit — even while apart! Virtual socials are a great way to integrate them into the group and make sure they don’t feel isolated or lonely.
Despite the challenges that the pandemic has presented, recruiting could prove instrumental in onboarding a fresh set of skills that will help to take your organisation to the next level, while signalling to your existing workforce that you are invested in the company’s future — and their place within it.
Hopefully, we’ve provided some useful advice to help you tackle a remote recruitment process. Head to our Invoice Finance page for further top tips and advice!