Remote working is an exciting concept, and it is changing the way companies function. A global analytics workplace study found that more than 53% of remote workers have a tendency to work overtime as compared to only 28% of office-going workers.

Remote working has helped boost employee morale to a great extent, thereby increasing their productivity. Here are a few statistics to about working remotely:

  • 84% of professionals who prefer to work  remotely, cite coffee shops and cafes as the second most preferred location to from. [Buffer]
  • 40% of global companies are hybrid. [OwlLabs]
  • 70% of professionals in the world work remotely. [IWG]
  • The remote workforce has increased by 140% since 2005. [Google Workplace Analytics]

As a recruiter, if hiring remote workers is in your radar, then this 3-step process of getting the best talent to join your company may interest you:

1) Prepare screening tests

As recruiters, you are aware of the time and energy that needs to be invested in conducting interviews. And there are times, when the hard work proves to be futile. In such a scenario, screening tests can save the day.

They not only help in saving time and energy but also ensure you get take a step forward in the hiring process with the right pool of candidates. Even Harvard university agrees with the positive effects that screening tests have.

Consumer goods giant Unilever found that screening tests helped them save more than 50,000 hours of interview time! And the good part is such tests can be on anything – from logical aptitude quizzes and essay writing assignments to even a personality test.

Empass Hire, for instance, knows hiring the wrong person is exhausting. While no one wants to hire inappropriate candidates for their company, the recruitment process in itself requires surplus of efforts.

To fill the talent gap, Empass Hire offers technology-driven solutions to free up time of the recruiters and reduce hiring costs drastically.

It helps transform the pre-hiring screening process by using AI-based video and audio interviews with short technical and aptitude tests to evaluate candidates remotely and identify the most suitable and genuinely engaged candidates.

Learn about Empass Hire in detail.

2) Set up interviews with worthy candidates

For some candidates, interviews can be terrifying. According to a LinkedIn study, 83% of professionals state a negative interview experience can make them rethink about a job. Honestly, in such a competitive job market, letting go of talented candidates is a huge opportunity cost for companies.

Therefore, after you shortlist interesting candidates from the screening test, ensure that you make them feel comfortable during the interview process.

Before you begin, give them a small tour of the office, introduce them to some of the colleagues of the department online for which they have applied for a job, give them an idea about the workplace – unless you are having a face-to-face interview.

The idea is to give them an idea about the company they will get associated with if they get the job, and not isolate them from the start itself. That will make your candidates comfortable and enable them to give their best during the interview.

3) Define all work-based expectations

Most professionals these days are comfortable with remote working. However, with the number of remote workers currently up by over 140% since 2005, there is still a question of how flexible and transparent you will be as an employer.

Therefore, you should state everything about the job that you are going to offer to the candidates.

After breaking the ice with them and getting to know about their competencies and educational background, be very clear of what the job requires them to do. This could also include the number of hours they are supposed to work. Make sure that they are capable of meeting deadlines and are available when an important assignment needs to get done.

Discipline is an important trait that you should look for in remote workers, and you should not compromise on that.

What do you think?

Remote working is taking the entire world by storm. So why shouldn’t you take a chance for your company? Hopefully, these three steps will help you greatly in making an informed decision for hiring the right candidates!


Asavari Sharma

Asavari is a Digital Marketing & Communications Lead at Empass. You'll often find her marketing gamification for skill assessment to colleges and companies, and educating recruiters on the benefits of using AI and mobile to hire the best talent. She is also the primary author of the Empass blog.

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