Hiring right, onboarding effectively, motivating and leading your team to stay productive in today’s remote hiring and work environment takes effort and expertise. Who better to assist you with your remote hiring needs than JESSI Search, a leading recruiting firm that has thrived in a remote work environment for more than a decade?
In a segment on July 28, 2020 of Good Morning America, surveyed executives indicated they are struggling with hiring and training new hires. Laszlo Bock, CEO of Humu, shared that “it’s all of the little, tiny moments that are badly missed and essential.” In the same segment, Sara Sutton, CEO of FlexJobs, indicated that, “remote work hasn’t truly been adapted into most company’s cultures.”
We’ve all become familiar with Zoom, GoToMeeting and/or other popular video conferencing apps. They make our lives easier and more connected during these stay-at-home and work-from-home times. If you’re hiring now and that means shifting to a virtual hiring model, here are a few points to make a more positive impact on your candidate’s experience:
- Prepare – Set the candidate up for success and demonstrate your competency by sending all relevant info, including links, meeting numbers and instructions on how the interview will take place, ahead of time.
- Personalize – Include a personal note when you transmit info. Remember, their impression of you starts with your first contact. To keep your candidate engaged, take the opportunity to follow up with them quickly after the session and mention something you noticed. As Laszlo points out, it is so important to not lose those little, tiny connections.
- Get Creative – Show your culture and brand. If you’re a company that starts its day with a quick stand-up team meeting each morning, start your interview standing for a moment and explain why! Or, use your company coffee mug and let them know that there are coffee connoisseurs on the team and that a new mug is part of the new hire package. Be thoughtful in weaving remote work into your culture.
- Observe – However you interview, take in as much data as possible. Notice if the candidate seems prepared, were they savvy with their video presence, and were they able to flex to this interview style. You may want to record the interview to refer back to.
- Remember it’s a 2–way street – Make a good impression on the candidate by maintaining eye contact, giving them your full attention and having the right environment for a video session; especially if you’re including others on the team. Keep participants to a small group so that the conversation is smoother and the candidate can see everyone.
- Accelerate – It’s easier to coordinate schedules for a video interview vs. meeting in person. Use this to your advantage to shorten your hiring process. While you don’t want to jump to the wrong hire, you do want to move the process so that you can make an offer as soon as you’ve moved the right candidate through the process.
If you are frustrated with the amount of work and time you are putting into your hiring and onboarding practices, we can help. We’re experts at designing and expediting the process and taking it through to great hires. We’ve helped many clients hire excellent remote workers. Let’s have a conversation about your hiring goals.
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