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5 Expert Tips For Startups on Remote Hiring in 2021

Aneesha 17 August, 2021

Hiring remotely has transformed from being a necessity during the pandemic to a norm in the post-pandemic world.  All the benefits that come along for both employees and employers make remote hiring ideal, especially for startups.  One of the main difficulties most startups have is when it comes to hiring talent. They need to save money, but at the same time, they need skilled professionals on the team. Is it better to hire someone less experienced to save money? Or is it better to spend most of your current resources to hire the experts you need? In short: none.

Hiring remotely for startups means hiring skilled remote professionals while saving money simultaneously. If you’re a startup, you need to make calculated decisions that will help you in the long term with scalability and sustainability. Big companies usually have the capital to keep operating their luxurious offices but as a startup, do you think office space is your primary focus? Think about all the overhead costs that come with a brick and mortar office operations, and you have no access to a global talent pool either. You’re missing out on a great chunk of possibilities if you’re still stuck with a traditional hiring routine.

If you’ve given a thought to this and have understood how hiring remotely can benefit your business and keep your employees happy, then you must also understand that hiring remotely is different from a regular hiring process. Let’s help you start your remote hiring journey with expert hiring tips that can help you hire faster and better.

Expert Tips To Remote Hiring As a Startup

Look for Remote Candidates on Professional Job Portals

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There are so many job portals around that it can be taxing to go through each one to look for candidates looking for a remote job. Moreover, you also need to check if they’re the right fit for your startup. That’s why it is best to go for specialized job portals where only remote candidates from across the globe apply. This saves you a lot of time, energy, and resources. Also, professional social portals where candidate profiles showcase their experience and what they’re looking for can be helpful.

  • Search for remote candidates on LinkedIn. You will be able to see a summary of their qualifications and work experience along with their pictures on their profile. You will also see their activities and interactions to understand if they’re a good cultural fit.
  • Job portals like FlexJobs can be of help as they only focus on remote talent. You don’t need to spend time pulling out remote candidate profiles from a gigantic dump of other profiles.

These will help you start your remote talent search. The process is long, and you will have to spend time to find the right remote candidate for your organization, but these portals make the process much simpler.

Remote Hiring – Let Remote Candidates Find You

Hiring remotely as a startup doesn’t only have to mean you’re the one looking. Just like you, remote candidates are also looking for remote jobs, now more than ever. Put out attractive job postings and highlight the fact that you’re hiring for a remote position. Social media platforms are a great place to post your requirements. The ones looking for remote work opportunities will be able to apply directly. With this remote hiring method, you’ll have a specific list of only those candidates who want to work with you.

This way, you’ll be able to mention your exact requirements and subsequently encounter fewer resumes with irrelevant experience and qualifications. To filter these even easier you can use recruitment and onboarding software, which will automatically exclude unwanted candidates.

Portfolios Are As Important As Resumes

Creating impressive resumes is easy. With the availability of good design software and even professional resume builders, anyone can pass off as top talent by putting together their qualifications in an attractive manner. What matters with remote recruitment is the proof of work. Don’t get swayed by resumes. Ask for a portfolio of the candidate’s work too. A portfolio displays examples of their work with case studies and proven track records. A portfolio is like proof of what’s in the resume.

No matter the position or field, every candidate can create a portfolio to showcase their achievements, skills, and work experience. Whether it’s Human Resources, sales, marketing, accounting, or any other department you’re hiring for, asking for a portfolio can help you screen the actual goals accomplished by a candidate.

Get On a Video Call

Exchange of emails with a potential remote recruit can help you understand their communication style in a professional setting. Apart from that, it is also essential to understand whether or not the candidate aligns with your vision and fits your work culture. When hiring remotely, a video call for a series of interviews is a great way to know the person behind that screen.

You can conduct your remote interviews via video conferencing apps such as Zoom or Skype. You’ll be able to tell a lot about a potential remote employee by checking if they’re comfortable talking to people in video meetings. Do they have a proper internet connection and a clear audio and video setup for video conferencing? You’ll be able to find an answer to this too. This is important because, in a remote setting, most of the meetings are virtual. Without a proper internet connection and poor audio/video quality, the candidate will not participate in team meetings.

Partner With an Expert Remote Recruitment Agency

All of the steps mentioned here are time-consuming and require expertise. It is best to hire a remote recruitment agency specializing in hiring remote teams for startups.  An expert agency knows the right interview questions and is also equipped with the right onboarding process to make the entire experience seamless for you. You can spend your time focusing on other aspects of the business.

While hiring a remote recruitment agency, you can look for their experience with the placement of top remote talent for startups and other businesses. Take your time to find the agency that suits your needs the best.

Remote Hiring For The Long Term

A remote work style and hybrid work models are here to stay. With not just startups but also big businesses opting to go for flexible work environments for their employees, it is evident that “remote” isn’t just a pandemic-related trend anymore.

Your foundation will greatly influence your future. Start right by creating a sustainable and scalable remote work model. With talent from across the world, you’ll have a diverse work culture. You’ll save money, have the ability to work from anywhere, and have a chance at early success.

Happy hiring!

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Author: Aneesha
Aneesha is a Content Contributor at Thinkremote, remote work news online media. . Her love affair with writing began when she was only ten years old. As she grew up, filling the pages of her diary with poetry transformed into writing real-life stories, experiences, and informative articles for national and international publications. With more than a decade-long experience in content marketing and business development, her love for all things "communication" is seen in everything she does.