5 Questions You Need to Include in Your Hiring Process for Remote Positions

Your Hiring Process Should Look Different for Remote Employees

For many employees, working from home offers the work-life balance they want while helping you save on the cost ofhiring process office space. There’s a catch though: not everyone is a good match for remote work, and your hiring process for a remote position must determine whether your candidate is a person who has the right personality and drive to successfully work from home.

How can you know what your candidate’s work discipline is like? In your hiring process, include these five key questions to find out if it’s a good match:

  1. Have you worked remotely in the past? This one has a simple answer, but ask them to elaborate on how they managed to walk past an unmade bed or turn down a friend’s request for in-a-pinch childcare. The temptation to do anything but work is relentless, and they’ll need to be prepared with a plan.
  2. What keeps you motivated when there’s a task you’d rather avoid? Most people who have worked successfully in a remote position have some tricks for staying on-task. In addition, ask them about non-work motivation and listen for clues that the candidate completed an exercise goal or led a volunteer effort. There should be signs that they’re a self-starter.
  3. Where will you work? Whether there are kids in the home, an attention-loving dog or a spouse that loves to work with the television running, talk with the candidate about where they’ll set up shop. If there isn’t a dedicated place, consider sharing the cost of a workspace co-op location.
  4. Do you thrive in isolation? This is important, because the lack of social interaction can quickly tank an otherwise-great employee. You may have to work together to come up with a plan to help an individual feel like part of the team and have interactions with other employees.
  5. Do you tend to be an optimist? It may be challenging to get a candidate to admit that, no, they typically tend to be pessimistic, but there’s more than one way to find out this information. The answers to many of the above can be clarified through the use of a behavioral assessment. A behavioral assessment will identify motivations, traits and tendencies that will give you a clear picture of how an employee will fare while working remotely.

To learn more about how a behavioral assessment can better inform your hiring process and identify the ideal candidate for a remote position, talk with PI Consulting Group. Matching any type of position with the right candidate is a challenge, but when it comes to remote employees, you need to know they possess the specific qualities that work well in isolation and without external motivators. Contact us to discuss what a behavioral assessment can do for your hiring process.