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The UPS Store Small Business Blog
  • 03 August 2020
  • Jelani Markus

How to Find the Right Employees in a Remote World

In recent months, the world has changed rapidly. Stay-at-home orders have transformed the way businesses are run and, in some ways, established. Now, with many cities looking to ease the severity of lockdowns and business picking back up, you might be considering adding more employees to your team. But in the era of social distancing, how do you find the right fit for your business when interviewing in person is out of the question?

Try the next best thing to face-to-face

Virtually meeting candidates to employ will require the use of technology you may not be familiar with. A good first step is to get up to speed with popular video conferencing tools like Zoom or Teams if you aren’t already. Candidates in this day and age expect you to use digital tools to interview them remotely. Fortunately, most of these programs are fairly simple to navigate.

You can also change the way you accept applications to help you see more applicants in your search for the right one. With mobile phones in basically everyone’s hands, it makes sense to invest in text-to-apply technology to make the process even simpler.

After some practice, don’t be surprised if you find yourself feeling really comfortable with interviewing over the internet.

Woman at home leaning on kitchen counter checking phone

Sell your brand digitally

In order to interview anyone, you have to entice applicants to want to work for you.

Many of today’s workers have expectations on what makes a good career. Remote work flexibility is currently a very attractive feature candidates hope to see when thinking about a new position. If you have the capability to match job market demands, consider doing so if it makes sense for your business.

But you can do even more to promote job interest within your business:

  • Showcase what the career journey looks like for those working for you. This includes information on learning and development resources.
  • Demonstrate your culture in talent communities, job descriptions, your career website, and other channels potential hires are likely to see.
  • Highlight your employee value proposition (EVP). As mentioned above, potential hires are looking at what else a position offers: work/life balance, quality of coworkers, quality of management, and business reputation just to name a few.

Automate your filtering process

After you’ve successfully encouraged candidates to apply and made it easier through technology, you may find yourself overwhelmed with the number of potential future team members clamoring for your attention.

To help streamline the process, look to adopt recruiting software like Hyrell, IdealArya or Ziprecruiter to help you find and filter through applications, leaving the top qualifying candidates to consider for a remote, face to face interview.

Using the recruiting software, you can specify requirements for a position all the way down to which skills you want to see on an applicant’s resume.

Change the way you interview

When you are interviewing remotely, you may find the standard process you’ve relied on for in-person interviews doesn’t work quite the same. The energy may not be there since you aren’t in the same physical space.

Tailor your interview questions to your remote circumstance. There are more than a few places on the internet to search for questions to include in your interview when doing them remotely.

The key is to be aware of all the tools available for you to help you make the strongest choice. Interviewing may not be the same as it used to be, but like most things happening this year, it’s an opportunity to learn something new and thrive in the future.

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