HOW TO HIRE

Remote Worker

Complete with job descriptions, skill profiles and interview templates. Use this remote worker hiring guide to help you make the right hiring decisions, fast.

HIRING GUIDES

What does a remote worker do?

You can hire a remote employee to undertake almost any role in your business. Remote work is a style of working that allows professionals to undertake their role from somewhere other than a central office.

While roles vary, the consistent factor is that remote workers are responsible for managing their own time to achieve the goals set out by their employer. Working under minimal supervision, remote workers need to schedule their personal and professional time in a way that suits their lifestyle.

Day to day tasks of a Remote Worker

  • Schedule professional time appropriately to manage outcomes
  • Maintain consistent communication with other employees
  • Create, maintain and share online documentation
  • Collaborate through established project management tools

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REMOTE WORKER

Since this role is remote, it’s essential to quickly establish the skills profile of the employee to help build credibility and trust. Making the right hiring decision based on skills will help you and your team work effectively with your new employee, in spite of physical distance.

Candidates

Build the Ideal Candidate Profile

Once you understand the requirements for the role, you’ll need to understand the skills for success. You can then write an effective job description to promote your role.

Candidates

Skills Assessment

Selecting the ideal candidate

See which applicants have the right skills for the role. Send all your applicants a Vervoe skills assessment from the expert library, or customise one for your organization. 

Skills Assessment

Interview

Interview Top Performers

Your skills assessment results will identify top performers. Focus your time on interviewing those that have met or exceeded your requirements. Assessment results will also help guide which skill areas to focus on in the interview. 

Interview

BUILD THE IDEAL CANDIDATE PROFILE

Skills needed for a Remote Worker

A remote worker must demonstrate exceptionally high skill in their organizational ability and time management. As communication is facilitated through technology, they require exceptional written and verbal skills in this area. They must also be able to understand the environment and working style that is most productive for them. This position also requires self-motivation and initiative to succeed while being physically removed from the team.

How to write a Remote Worker job description

Once you’ve determined the skills required for the role, you can write the job description to advertise for your sales manager position. Here’s what to include in a remote position job description:

Job Title: An overview of the role’s day-to-day activities, and how the position contributes to the organisation.

Summary: What makes your company unique? What would it be like to work for you?

Responsibilities: An overview of the role’s day-to-day activities, and how the position contributes to the organisation

Requirements: Skills a candidate must have to perform the job successfully.

Benefit: Details of compensation, benefits and any perks on offer.

PRO TIP #1
Make sure to clarify whether the business will provide candidates with equipment for this role. Mention whether a laptop, phone or other tools will be provided and if you provide an allowance for internet usage.

PRO TIP #2
Start on the right foot by adding information about how success in this role is measured. Setting clear expectations, especially in terms of contact hours, will ensure candidates are well-informed before applying for this role and prevent any misunderstandings later in the process.

Sample skill tests for Remote Work

Question 1
Communication
Question Type: Document

You’re completing a project and notice that there’s no documentation for the process. Watch the video example, and write a process document for the tasks shown.

Question 2
Communication
Question Type: Text

You are working on a project that requires input from Marketing, Development and Customer Success, all are dispersed in different timezones. How do you ensure that all teams are kept up to date with your progress on your responsibility for the project, and you know where all other teams are up to?

Question 3
Initiative
Question Type: Video

In your weekly one-on-one calls with your manager, you’ll be able to ask for feedback. Record a video to demonstrate how you seek feedback in your role when you’re working remotely without direct supervision from your managers?

INTERVIEW TOP PERFORMERS

How to interview Remote Workers

This interview guide is intended to be used in conjunction with the Vervoe skills assessment. Where a candidate has scored Low - Medium on a skill, focus on asking more questions from that skill to gain deeper insight into their level of competency.

DOWNLOAD GUIDE
Download our PDF interview guide to complete the hiring process. 

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