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3 Things To Look For When Hiring the Best Remote Workers

31 July 2018
3 minute read

Hiring is challenging. Hiring for remote positions can be even more challenging. Here’s 3 tips to consider when you’re hiring for your next remote position:

Great communication is an important skills to consider for when hiring remotely.

1. Are they fantastic communicators?

Working remotely relies on frequent, productive & empathetic communication to keep the wheels spinning. Ask questions to your remote candidate to help identify this, including: 

  • Ask about a conflict they’ve dealt with in a team across multiple time zones, and how they dealt with it

  • Ask them to tell you a story about their life or a professional experience.

  • Ask them how they could improve their communication (a great communicator will answer this well ;) 

Being a great communicator involves listening, too. 

Considering your culture is important to consider when hiring.

2. Will they fit into your culture?

Just because the person you’re hiring is in a different time zone, that doesn’t mean you should drop your expectation on their personality fitting into your culture. In fact, a personality can often be amplified through a digital medium. Considering the culture you’re trying to build in your company and ensure the candidate will compliment and fit into that culture is key to your hiring decision.  

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Competency with your organisational tools is important for when considering a remote contract hire.

3. How's their experience with your organisational tools?  

I’m a believer that online tools can be learnt pretty quickly, and shouldn’t stop the right person from being hired. However, if you’re hiring for a remote contract position where you need someone to embed into your team quickly and get to work ASAP, fluency with your existing organisational tools allows them to get on with the task at hand. A lack of experience in these tools is also a good indicator to a lack of commercial experience, too. A typical organizational tool stack will include: 

  • Slack 
  • Trello / Jira 
  • Google Suite (Docs, Sheets) 

Got any more ideas? We'd love to hear them. Send a tweet over to @MeasureMatch!

Tom Ray

Co-Founder & Head of Platform of MeasureMatch

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