Recruiting Strategy

Is remote hiring the way to end the war for talent?

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Could adopting a new approach to hiring give your HR team the edge over the competition when seeking candidates with skills in short supply? Remote hiring could offer a unique appeal to candidates.

When there’s such intense competition finding talent and hiring candidates with the skill sets that are in short supply, recruiting can require some serious flexibility. An increasing percentage of the workforce are now freelancers or contractors and many companies are offering work-from-home options, so recruitment requires an adapted approach.

If a candidate is unwilling to move to where you are, maybe think about developing a remote workforce, taking out the issue of geographical proximity to the office. When hiring remotely, you have to be very creative – it can be tough to find people who are interested in this type of work, but they are out there. Sometimes you just need to make candidates aware of such an option – you might be able to convince them of this alternative.

Where to start

First step is to establish an effective remote working process. Make sure you have shared access to a number of communications platforms, from email to instant messaging services. You should also have an airtight process set in place as well as any in-house references or guides. Remote workers need access to every and any resource existing employees have, so make sure that infrastructure is in place.

Traditional job boards are going to be limited when hiring remotely, so you will have to employ creative sourcing techniques. The same goes for platforms like Craigslist or Gumtree. Social media recruiting is one good option. Your company blog and social media platforms are more likely to attract industry experts organically.

You must make a compelling argument to successfully recruit in light of the intense competition.

When posting jobs, you are going to have to communicate requirements very carefully. Remote workers are entitled to all benefits that an office worker is, so make that clear to them. Furthermore, you need to communicate some of the perks of remote working, that may not be immediately obvious. You must make a compelling argument to successfully recruit in light of the intense competition.

Taking advantage of your existing network of connections could be very useful here. If candidates are already following your social media accounts, they’re likely to be a better cultural fit. Taking the digital element out, employee referrals are normally effective, but even more so here. Your employees may well know talented candidates who are looking for a change, so take advantage.

A highly-skilled, experienced industry expert may be exceptional in an office environment, but take them out of that environment and you may see a very different side of them.

Screening and interviewing remote workers requires a very different approach to the traditional office worker. A highly-skilled, experienced industry expert may be exceptional in an office environment, but take them out of that environment and you may see a very different side of them. What you’re looking for here is a motivated, self-starter who’s not going to struggle to structure their day.

At the interview stage, perhaps set a series of tasks or a project for candidates to complete, with specific conditions required. This stage in the process may also require a number of different modes of interview, whether via phone, Skype or, if possible, face-to-face. The communications skills of a remote worker are essential, so very careful consideration is required. You will have to have a very clear idea of the skill set required in mind as a very specific candidate would succeed in this kind of work.

Remote hiring can be a great way of finding just the right candidates in an environment where there is increased competition for talent. Recruiting software has a significant role to play in this rigorous process of candidate screening. Remote work can be extremely cost effective and offer a candidate a very favourable level of job flexibility. With a bit of planning and ensuring your internal processes are in good order, you can set up a highly successful remote hiring program.

Is remote hiring the way to end the war for talent? was last modified: March 21st, 2016 by Orla Hodnett
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