It is a truth universally acknowledged that bad hires can be catastrophic for your company. Therefore it is important to gauge whether or not your workers will work well within your company structure. This is even more important when considering remote working templates. But how can you tell whether your employees will thrive in a remote environment?
1. Do they have remote working experience?
It is safe to say that if a candidate has remote working experience in the past then they are well suited to other remote opportunities. Many companies are now seeking candidates with prior work-from-home experience and a strong interest in working from home. People with remote job experience are becoming more sought after these days. Candidates that have shown success in remote environments are obviously the best bet. Individuals who have served as freelancers or contractors rank second. Success in freelance and self-employed roles is another indicator. This success highlights the candidate’s self-discipline which is an absolute must-have for remote employees to succeed. Micromanaging does not work in remote working environments, therefore self-motivation is an important attribute.
2. Put It To The Test!
You have found a good candidate with remote working or freelance experience. But now it is time to put their CV to the test via an interview day. Ask them about their past experiences and whether or not they are susceptible to the common WFH distractions. If they talk about how remote working really boosted their productivity, then great! However, if they focus on the perks of being able to work while watching Netflix, maybe remote working is not right for them. Furthermore, you could set some tasks and see your potential new employee acquainting themselves with the virtual work. For instance, you need to know if the potential candidate can deal with the basic issues of browsers? At home, when they are working remotely, they might face a lot of issues with the Internet or web browsers, which might perhaps show something like “ERR_CONNECTION_RESET”. In such situations, nobody will be around them to help them out physically. Perhaps, they will be asked to read up on blogs that can be found by searching for “how do i fix err_connection_reset” on the Internet. You need to set a task to see if they can fix these issues on their own while gracefully managing the stress. To be honest, the candidate may find that the experience was not what they were looking for, which can save you the hassle of awkward discussions later down the line.
3. What is Their Ideal Company Culture?
Remote offices still can reflect company culture. However, there are distinct differences between in-person and virtual office culture. Ask the candidate about their ideal company culture. If they focus on happy hours, ping pong tables, and nap pods then they are most definitely looking for a physical office environment. If a candidate mentions their love of work-life integration and flexibility to work from anywhere, then you know that they were born to be a remote worker. Also, during special occasions, sending a corporate gift box to those working remotely might help them feel like a part of the team. At the end of the day it is more important to find someone that will add value to your team and get the job done, no matter where they do it.
4. What About Communication Skills?
Remote working does not have to be lonely. Although Zoom Fatigue and endless email chains can have a negative effect on team communication, this needn’t be the case. Thanks to Wurkr, you can communicate with your team just like you would in a physical office. Pop in for a quick chat using the audio and video features, share your screen or use the IM tools. By working alongside your team from anywhere, communication is no longer a hurdle in finding top remote working talent. Work Together From Anywhere with Wurkr today!
However, communication goes both ways. Remember to check in with your team to ensure that their remote working is working for them. Some people find it hard to switch off after a long day working from home. Remind your team that wellness and productivity go hand-in-hand so overworking can often be counter productive.