Remote Working

How to Recruit and Hire Remote Employees

Interviewing and recruiting a remote employee can be a pain but there are plenty of good examples on how companies have embraced and adopted a remote hiring process

5 min
Guenther Eisinger
September 9, 2020

With many of the largest high-tech companies in the world, such as Facebook, attributing a lot of their success and productivity to their colossal remote employee workforce, you cannot help but desire to have a strong remote team of your own. Having a productive global remote workforce allows you to be able to expand your search for talent from national to international. Remote employees if managed and fostered correctly, can also create more inclusivity and loyalty within your team and internationalise your business at an earlier stage. 


Is it worth hiring remote employees?


The answer is plain and simple: Yes! Hiring remote employees will not only broaden your company’s talent pool but allow you to have a diverse and committed workforce.


Benefits to hiring remote employees include:


Global talent

As previously stated, hiring remote employees allows you to widen your access to talent from all across the world. The talent pool that you have the access to can be much more diverse with people from different races, religions and disabilities meaning that your company is now more inclusive and as a consequence, will attract even more talent from all walks of life.

Location agnostic

Hiring remote employees also means that your company is not tied down to a specific location. This means that your chances of hiring employees who identify with your vision are greatly increased. 

Cost

Hiring remote employees can mean that you can spend less on offices and overhead costs.

Retention

Employee satisfaction and turnover is an important factor in the growth and productivity of your company. Hiring remote employees is beneficial to your company as 95% of surveyed employees have said that remote work has a high impact on employee retention. It has also been said that ⅔ of employees would take another job to prevent commuting.  


What should I look for in a remote employee?


Working remote is awesome but is also not for everyone. Here are some key non exclusive qualities to scout for when hiring a remote employee:


Initiative

As the employee will not be in the same physical office space with you, it is imperative that the employee takes ownership and initiative when completing a task. A remote employee must be able to understand your visions and goals and, therefore, should be able to complete a task with this in mind.

Time Management

A remote employee must be able to manage their responsibilities efficiently. Your remote employee should be able to complete their assigned tasks without over working or missing crucial deadlines.

Experience with using technology and digital tools

Tech support will not always be easily accessible for a remote employee who is based in a different continent. This being said, your remote employee must be experienced with the technology at their disposal in order to avoid time being wasted or being unable to communicate with fellow co-workers.

Collaboration

A healthy and cohesive workforce is crucial for a successful company. It is important that your remote employees are able to work collaboratively with other remote and onsite employees on assigned tasks to ensure they are completed to a high standard.


These are great but how should I interview for these qualities in job candidates? 

Having a great remote-first interview process to determine if a potential job candidate has the qualities to be successful as a remote employee is really important. 


Here are some of the ways these companies carry out their interviews with remote employees:


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  • Schedule virtual interview with potential candidates.
  • During the virtual interview, the interviewer will check for the quality of the interviewee’s communication skills, ensuring that languages and dialects will not be an issue once employed.
  • A candid conversation is then held about remote working.
American Express 
  • Schedule a telephone or video interview.
  • In the interview, the candidate must prepare for the role in a virtual learning environment where they will be well informed about how their working life at this company will unfold.
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  • Unlike the above examples, the first stage of interviews are text based. This is to see if the interviewee is comfortable and prepared to communicate themselves through text. 

The last one is a great one as we need  to remember that remote employees should not only be great independent contributors but at the end of the day, also effective communicators in the setting of your company.

At Omnipresent, we try a combination of these methods by providing an online task to present at the interview to understand how well the potential candidates are able to manage asynchronous and sometimes vague online instructions. This also helps us to understand how well potential candidates are able to manage time, expectations and quality of work. 

Don't forget to check references

Don't forget to cross your candidate's experience and references and do your own due diligence for senior hires, especially if they had been remote in any of their previous roles. 


I’m sold, but how do I employ remote employees?

There are some complexities to consider when hiring remotely that need to be navigated:

Payroll

This can be confusing when your workforce is situated all over the globe, employees need their salary tracked and to arrive on a regular schedule. It can be a long winded process to send off employees payrolls individually.

Taxation

All countries have different rules and regulations on taxes paid by employers. Some countries have multiple tax authorities which all require different rates.

Benefits

Many countries require an employer to provide pension payments to the employee. This causes complications as different countries operate differently regarding benefits and pensions.

Compliance

There are a host of local laws and regulations that you need to follow depending on the country and the remote employee’s profile and characteristics.

You may be thinking that tax, payroll and benefits makes hiring remotely too complicated but this isn't the case. 

The Omnipresent Way

By using a professional employment organisation or PEO such as Omnipresent, you can enjoy all the benefits hiring remotely has to offer without worrying about the complexities. Omnipresent helps to employ remote staff, handles all the intricacies of local and cross border payments, and ensures your remote team has access to all the benefits they require no matter where they are based.

Contact us today to get started employing remote staff.


Guenther Eisinger
Guenther is the Co-Founder of Omnipresent. He is based in Vienna, Austria, served in the Austrian Special Forces and holds three Master’s Degrees and a PhD.