In the past, we’ve discussed the practical hiring challenges of bringing someone on board in your work-from-home enterprise. Unlike with a standard office setting, there are many things to get your head around here. And, that can be daunting when you’re just starting out.
The good news is that technology and our fast-growing remote capabilities have made it easier than ever to allow even work-from-home enterprises like yours to bring employees on board. Even better, with the right integrations such as the cloud capabilities on offer from Midwest Data Center, you could even work with the best talent across the world. There’s just one small issue – that would mean hiring blind.
After all, you can’t exactly expect applicants from overseas to come to you for an interview. And, travelling that distance yourself is sure to get costly. Instead, you’ll likely need to adjust your employment processes to account for the blind nature of this hire. The good news is that, as our favorite dating show has taught us, finding your one true match blind needn’t be difficult. All you need to do is keep the following pointers in mind.
Use reliable sources for job postings
There’s all manner of online job sites, and each offers different levels of vetting. Options like Monster don’t necessarily look into your applicants themselves, while specifically remote job boards often tend to have more stringent vetting processes. These sites work around the idea that you won’t be able to meet your applicants, so they ask crucial questions, require references, and even do background checks. By using these platforms, you can, therefore, rest easy that you’re accessing the best possible talent.
Listen to interview answers
Interview questions and their answers are often the least telling part of the in-person hiring process. Instead, employers consider body language, personal connection, and more. Luckily, video interviews can still help you get an idea of these, but you may find that listening harder to those interview answers can reveal more than you’d expect. Hearing the right answers to key questions is, after all, the premise of Blind Date itself, and it’s a process that often leads to true love. So, listen out for what applicants are telling you, and think hard about whether they’d be a good fit.
Take extra care over references
You might not be able to meet the applicant, but their previous employers will have. As such, you should take extra care with references. By pairing first-hand accounts along with the information you’ve already gathered, you’ll be in the best position to make an informed choice. In fact, by checking and double-checking references provided, you might just find that you’re able to hire with more peace of mind than you would if this process was taking place face-to-face.
No one’s saying that hiring blind is easy but, as you can see, it’s far from an impossible task. Simply take your time, and you can bet your one true employee will be within easy reach before you know it.