The Beginner’s Guide to Building a Remote Team
Chapter 4: How to Hire Remote Employees
The process for hiring a remote worker is a little bit different from the process for hiring a traditional employee. There are four basic steps you need to be aware of.
1. Advertise the Position
Whether your posting an ad on a job board or reaching out to a referral, the first step is to advertise the position. For best results, be very clear about what the position entails. It’s a good idea to write out a job description. It will help you clarify what it is you’re looking for, and it will help you communicate all the important details to your potential candidate.
2. Look At Their Portfolio
Once someone has responded to your request, take a look at some of their previous work. Sometimes this is easy to do, such as on project auction websites, while other times, you may need to ask for samples o referrals. When possible, hire good candidates to work on a small one-time project for you. You’ll get a good idea of what they’re capable of, and whether or not you want to take them on long-term.
3. Interview Your Candidate
Nothing beats a real-time conversation. You can get to know some better through five minute conversation than 10 emails. If you and your candidate are close by, make the extra effort to meet them in person. If you don’t have that option, hop on Skype or Google hangouts for a one-on-one.
4. Sign a Contract
To protect both of your interests, you and your remote worker should agree on an employment contract . This should cover scope of work, compensation, severance, as well as any other commitments. An employment agreement is a highly customizable document. We’ve put together a template to help you get started: