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How To Successfully Hire Remote Talent And What To Look For

By Arleen Atienza

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March 27 2022 - The massive shift of companies to the digital field has stressed the need for a new breed of talent. Regardless of whether you're looking for creatives, administrators, or leaders, remote talents are capable of delivering from any location.

The new and expanded pool of potential employees can now come from all corners of the world. However, hiring new employees might be intimidating without seeing them physically or relying on a new set of criteria. To help you navigate the latest market and recruit people who will stay, here are a few tips as well as what to look for in your prospective remote talent.

Increase your success in remote hiring

Aside from the increased competition among applicants, companies are also scrambling to secure the best talents available.

1. Decide on the scale of your recruitment

Not all businesses are prepared to accept applicants from other countries, states, or even cities. Still, this is not a reason to reject remote applicants altogether. By defining the scope of your recruitment, you can focus your resources and find potential employees who fit your needs. One of the common mistakes when hiring remote talent is in overextending and hiring people the company isn't prepared for, leading to issues down the road.

2. Create a catchy yet well-defined online advertisement

Depending on where you plan to advertise your job opening, it is vital to get the attention of prospective clients in a snap. Additionally, it's to your advantage to put as much detail as available in your job postings. The information age has unfortunately shortened the average person's attention span. This environment means that conventional job postings could get lost in the massive volume of data available.

3. Focus more on experience

As remote working arrangements encouraged freelancing on an unprecedented scale, most professionals have had experiences with multiple clients simultaneously. Additionally, their roles and experiences could give you an insight into how they work. Although the nature of online interviews is new for many people, avoid being distracted by the small stuff. During the interview process, concentrate on what the applicant can bring to the company instead of things like choppy audio or video calling quality.

4. Automate tasks whenever available

To ensure hiring doesn't interrupt your other tasks, capitalize on available automated hiring solutions. HR platforms like Zoho and have features that make hiring easier. They notify you when a candidate has met your requirements, and they even automatically post your job openings across linked websites - including traditional job platforms and social media accounts.

Even platforms help you do an employment verification and successfully onboard candidates. Additionally, a technologically-savvy company is attractive for similarly savvy talents.

Finding the right remote talent for your team

If you think your company is ready to accept remote talents, make sure you get the best of them by starting with these specific qualities:

1. Communication skills

Now that everyone is working in separate locations, communication is more critical than ever. Your prospective candidates must be comfortable giving and receiving updates within agreed-upon office hours. They should also be comfortable with platforms like Slack, Trello, Zoom, Google Teams, and more. It is not mandatory to be experienced in all these, but their willingness to maintain communication with the rest of the team will always be valuable.

Telltale signs include showing up on time for group meetings or calls. Additionally, they should be open to informing you or their teammates of any problems they might encounter.

2. Motivation

Remote working arrangements presented companies and employees with unique opportunities and incentives to continue performing their respective tasks. However, it has also created its own set of challenges. There are various distractions to a work-from-home (WFH) setup. A motivated applicant will be interested in learning about your company's targets, goals, and direction expected from the position they're targeting.

3. Organizational skills

It might be easy to miss out on targets and deadlines in a working setup where no one looks over your shoulder. Keeping tasks in order is an essential soft skill as you transition into cyberspace. Being well-organized reflects in small actions such as consistency in reports and sorting files in designated cloud storage platforms.

However, organizational skills work better when the company has clear plans to accommodate like-minded employees. Clearly- defined protocols and organizational paradigms give employees something to follow and create opportunities for increased efficiency.

Secure the best remote talents

Hiring remote talent is vital to boost your ranks as you move into the new normal from the pandemic. By setting the right direction for the organization, you can position yourself as an attractive employer for employees looking for opportunities to grow professionally. The company's culture usually defines the kind of talent it recruits and retains.

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