How To Recruit Remote Workers

Holly Cardew at Founder of Pixc (right) and Poornima Vijayashanker, founder of Femgineer (left)

Interview with Holly Cardew Founder of Pixc

Remember our fun live pilot episode back in January 2015? In case you forgot about it or missed it, it was on How To Build A Happy And Productive Remote Team with Ben Congleton the CEO and Co-Founder of Olark. In it, we debunked a number of remote working myths such as:

  • Remote employees won’t be as productive and progress will stagnate
  • Communication between remote employees and remote teams will break down
  • A remote team will be devoid of culture

It was great for teams, but then we got questions from individuals who wanted to know how they could get started. So last December, we revisited remote working and focused the conversation around How to Succeed In Your First Remote Working Position with Femgineer’s very own Community Manager: Meghan Burgain.

And it seems like we have only scratched the surface because we still get a lot of questions and concerns on the topic from startup founders and hiring managers.

Most recently, we’ve received questions and concerns are around the hiring process like:

  • How do you know someone is a culture fit without a face-to-face meeting?
  • Can you hire a remote worker for any role or only specific ones?
  • How do you test a remote worker’s capabilities and competence?
  • What is the best way to onboard and train a remote worker?

So this month we decided to revisit the theme and created three more episodes on the topic, focused on recruiting, training, retaining, and managing remote workers.

To help us out, I’ve invited a pro on the topic: Holly Cardew the CEO and Founder of Pixc. Holly has grown and scaled her team across Australia and Asia. And has done so in a number of job functions spanning both the business side with roles such as virtual assistants and marketers, to the technical side hiring software developers and designers to build the product.

As you watch today’s episode you’ll learn:

  • The benefits of remote working for employers and employees
  • The criteria you need to set to source candidates
  • Roles that are well-suited to remote work
  • How to suss out culture fit without a face-to-face meeting
  • What to watch out for — red flags to spot early on when hiring remote workers
  • Why it’s good to give people a test or trial project and how to structure it

Have put a remote team in place? If so, what was your process for recruiting? Let us know in the comments below!

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