“Remote work isn’t a fit for everyone. One of the biggest keys to a successful remote team is accurately identifying talent who will excel in a remote environment.” – Kate Harvey, content and search marketing manager at Chargify.
So how do you ‘accurately identify’ the best talent? Armed with a clear picture of exactly what you need, you craft an interview to help you assess as well as possible how the candidate would fare on the job—down to replicating the remote communication that team members employ every day.
How to start
Tips for interviewing for remote positions
- INTERVIEW WITH DIFFERENT MEDIUMS. This includes email, video, Slack or any of the apps that you use to communicate within your company. You want to know how well a candidate can communicate on different platforms.
- ASK FOR A RECORDING. If a candidate looks good enough to interview, consider asking them to make a short (2-5 minute) recording of themselves answering a couple of questions. This recording can give you valuable insight into how they work and how savvy they are with working remotely. It also has the benefit of saving you the time of scheduling a longer interview.
- SCHEDULE A VIDEO INTERVIEW. Most companies hiring a remote candidate will do a video interview.
- ADD A WRITTEN COMPONENT. It can be insightful to ask a candidate to answer a few written questions or do some sort of written exercise to test their competency in this area. How big this exercise is and whether it is paid or not is up to individual companies.
- TALK ON THE PHONE. It might seem old fashioned, but having a simple phone call can be helpful in getting to know someone’s communication style.
- TALK ASYNCHRONOUSLY. Chat back and forth via instant messaging to get a sense for how someone communicates asynchronously.
- ASK YOUR TEAM FOR QUESTIONS. For questions to ask the interviewee, enlist the help of your team to come up with questions specific to your company and culture. But here are some examples:
- What are your favorite tools?
- What are your favorite and least favorite things about working remotely?
- What do you do to address loneliness?
- What annoys you most about working with other people?
- What annoys other people most about working with you?
What we’re looking for in a remote worker is someone who is relatively tech savvy, an excellent communicator and quick to respond. We want people who are organized, and know how to prioritize tasks and manage their time. We want those with good problem solving skills, who are pro-active, self-motivated and team-focused. This might sound like a tall order, but when we know what we are looking for, we’re more likely to get it.
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