The effects of coronavirus have been dire throughout the global economy. According to the United Nations’ Labour organisation, global unemployment is expected to rise by 25 million in 2020. While 2.7 billion workers have been affected with reduced hour and wage in the lockdown. We are only a recession away from the death of a remote office and the rise of the virtual workplace. With this, there are also companies profiting in times of coronavirus. The reason? Their remote working strategy.
Remote working is already the future. Colleges have started to prepare their new stash of students for the remote hiring process. While remote hiring is similar to the in-person hiring process, there are enough subtle differences you might want to read up.
Finding remote job opening
While there are several reasons one should start working remotely, there is no specific playbook on how or what to start with.
Remote job search is multi-branched. Never rely solely on one source of the job opportunity. You might broaden your search for freelancing, part-time, contractual basis. Companies are not willing to participate for a full-time commitment. Your contract job may evolve into a full-time opportunity. Let your professional network know that you’re open.
There are many dedicated remote job boards online to start with remote job search:
While there are many general ‘job search’ websites where you can filter with keywords like “remote”, “work from home”, “freelance”, it’s worth try. Another website includes:
Above mentioned platforms help you find freelancing gigs, puts you in direct contact with the recruiter via chat, call etc. Once you’re in contact with recruiters, you can proceed with your job pitching.
Getting selected for an Interview
After you’ve come across the best remote job, by making through application system of the recruiting company it’s time to impress the hiring manager. The second step of a remote hiring process is the interview stage. When a candidate applies for a remote job, s(he) is required to submit a resume and cover letter, LinkedIn account, profile accounts and links, sometimes a video intro and is required to fill an application form.
After which the recruiter usually contacts the candidate via a phone call. Telephonic interview is a quick and convenient way to identify if candidature matches the application form. Such assessments identify whether the candidate is worth the commitment and is able to meet the company requirement or not.
A candidate needs to demonstrate his/her job-related skills such as communication, teamwork, self-motivation which will add value to the interview. Highlighting past remote work adds reliability. Most employers prefer to hire candidates with past experience in remote work, freelancing, basically any virtual workplace experience. Highlighting past experience in remote working tools like “Workplace by Facebook”, various other clouding software’s and tools increase your chances of getting hired remotely.
Prepare for multiple video interviews
Interviewing is one of the most important tasks a candidate is asked to do in the remote hiring process. It’s the first time you get to contact the employer directly face to face. Therefore, be prepared for the following:
- Make sure you confirm the time zone beforehand
- Spend some time beforehand deciding where you want to set up your computer for the interview. A quiet, clean, well-lit location is ideal. Avoid using filters.
- Dress up professionally.
- Practice beforehand your hands on the scheduled video interview.
Some famous video platforms used by employers according to ResumeGo survey are as follow:
- Zoom: 43%
- Skype: 12%
- Google Meet/Hangouts: 19%
- Microsoft Teams: 7%
- Cisco WebEx: 5%
- Other: 14%
Prepare for a pre-employment test or sample project
Many employers conduct a pre-employment assessment during the interview while many ask candidates to submit a sample work to assess job skills during the remote hiring process. There is a variety of test type conducted by the employer:
- Job knowledge test- measures technical expertise
- Integrity tests- measures work ethics such as reliability, conscientiousness, etc.
- Cognitive ability test- measures soft skills, general ability, verbal and logical reasoning.
A pre-employment test usually involves assessing remote work questions which help in determining whether the candidate is able to work from home productively. If s(he) can learn in his/her training period of employment after getting through the remote hiring process.
Wait for interview result
If Selected: Regardless whether you intend to go forward with the remote job offered, send a thankyou email to the concerned hiring manager expressing gratitude for the opportunity and time invested. You can even re-emphasise your qualifications from the interview.
If Rejected: After your interview, if you tend to get rejected don’t get disheartened. Remote job is a hunt which requires many small fish pitching before you catch the big fish.
Sometimes, the employer leaves you hanging after the interview. Many companies ghost their prospective employee, leaving them confused whether it’s a no or yes. Because of such situations, it is preferable to ask your employer or hiring manager to settle on a deadline during the remote hiring process. If you don’t receive a call, email within a set deadline, accept that it’s a no.
As frustrating as this situation might be, consider you’ve had a lucky escape from a company who ghosted you. Such companies who don’t treat well their prospective employees probably do the same with their company employees.
Decide whether to accept the job
If you receive an offer, consider the following during the remote hiring process:
The Compensation, including insurance, reimbursements, workstation requirement, leaves and work timings.
The work environment and workplace diversity: Know about your colleagues from all over the world, communication channel, workplace timing if any (usually there’s no fixed working time as people work from different time zones), work-life balance etc.
Promotions: Will there be opportunities for promotion and path forward to grow and learn? What are the chances to move forward to your goals?
On boarding and orientation
Finally, after receiving and accepting the offer, you are required to be present in on-boarding and orientation programme. These are interactive sessions on various video conferencing apps for remote teams. It involves interacting with your remote team, know about the various work habits, work style of working remotely.
While expecting a remote job role, make sure to reach out companies who are remote-friendly. Companies that hire remote workers are different from “remote first” companies. Remote friendly companies are the ones that work fully in a remote work ecosystem. A place where workflow is completely remote, there is no walls or desk-chairs. Remote work is here to stay for a long time especially in the era of Gen Z’ers and Millennials who’ll consume 75% of the workplace by 2025. Remote work is surely here to stay.