The ultimate guide to hiring remote talent

And tap into an unlimited pool of talent, to build a stronger and more diversified company

1. The different types of remote work models

2. The benefits of remote hiring and remote work for businesses and employees

3. How to source, recruit, interview and onboard remote workers

4. How to manage a remote team and avoid common mistakes

5. Best practices and tips from industry leaders on running a remote-first company

Remote company models

Different models for remote work

Why hire remote workers?

“Being a remote-first company gives a unique opportunity to bring the best talent on board without limiting yourself with geographical areas and time zones. Moreover, remote work is becoming a new reality that you can’t ignore if you want to keep up with the global market.” Anastasia Pshegodskaya, head of sourcing at GitLab

Gitlab survey on the hierarchy of benefits from remote work

How to hire remote workers

Job van der Voort, CEO of Remote, stated that his biggest lesson was that he didn’t always write a clear job description. This makes it much harder to find the right candidate. When you hire remotely, you will receive many more applicants. If you don’t have a clear job description, you will spend a lot of time on irrelevant candidates. This costs you time and negatively impacts your employer brand. Make sure to spend enough time on your job description to avoid this.

According to Dima Ponochovnyi, sourcing team lead at MatcHR, it is crucial to constantly measure your results against your sourcing strategy. “Are you targeting the right country/location? Are your salary levels in line with local market conditions? What feedback do you receive from candidates? Are you able to find and hire enough candidates based on your current strategy?” These are some of the questions you constantly need to ask yourself to optimize and improve your strategy. This will enable you to build historical data and will help with any future (remote) hires.

The interview process

Onboarding

According to Job van der Voort, CEO of Remote, it is important to give people time and space to get to know their new colleagues. Make sure everything, including onboarding steps, is well-documented.

How to manage a remote team

According to Chris Herd, founder of Firstbase, “The biggest challenge companies face when they switch to remote is that they try to replicate the culture they had in the office. The real advantage of being a distributed company is to operate asynchronously, to be able to do deep, focused work. This requires a different setup, culture and way of working.”

Challenges of remote work and how to overcome them

Portal let’s you handle all compliance and payrolling through their People Ops platform
Dive let’s you socialise and play games with your colleagues

Final thoughts

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Adriaan Kolff

Adriaan Kolff

Co-founder of MatcHR, investor, entrepreneur. Obsessed with (team) culture and recruitment. Four time Burning Man 🔥 attendee and Ironman 🏊🚴‍♂️🏃.