Remote Hiring

Human Resources May 19, 2020
“If you’ve got development centers all over the world, you’ve got a sales force out with the customers, the fact that tools like Skype [and] digital collaboration are letting people work better at a distance — that is a wonderful thing.” -Bill Gates, Cofounder of Microsoft

Remote Hiring was once a tedious task and companies were skeptical about the effectiveness of the process. However, as the concept of remote work and work from home started getting popular, so did the need for remote hiring. Over the past decade, there has been a continuous increase in the number of people working remotely. In fact, 63% of US companies now have remote workers, according to a study by Upwork in 2018. However, since most workers are at locations away from the traditional workplace (or office), assessing and evaluating them remotely has proved to be an uphill task.

Remote Hiring is indeed challenging and most HR departments are rightly concerned about assessing, evaluating, and understanding their remote candidates in order to make the best hiring decisions. A primary reason for their concern is that they wouldn’t be able to understand the candidates’ capabilities or how they would fit into the company’s culture. It is also challenging to evaluate and understand their cognitive, analytical, and especially communication skills when hiring remotely. However, as organizations see value in some (or many) of their employees working remotely, the need for an effective and efficient remote hiring tool or methodology has now become an urgency.

It was predicted that the coming decade would see a tremendous increase in remote hiring and work from home. However, the COVID-19 pandemic forced organizations to adapt to this new reality right away.

How do you hire employees when travel is not possible, offices are closed and everyone is working from home?

As organizations restructure and usher in the “new normal”, they are looking for the most effective way to hire remotely. Whatever doubts and skepticism they might’ve had about remote hiring needs to be swept aside because it has become the new normal.

Illustration by Margarida Mouta

An effective remote hiring tool will not only help organizations find the right employee remotely, but it will also help candidates who are sitting at remote corners to make the best use of available job opportunities. But what is an effective remote hiring tool? A good remote hiring tool will have two important components — a. video interview and b. proctored assessments to evaluate a candidate’s cognitive abilities, personality, and motives.

When choosing a remote hiring tool, it is imperative that organizations thoroughly research the various options to ensure that the assessments are science-based and valid. It is often easy to get impressed by the look or fun-factor of an assessment, but will it help you find the right candidate? Is it a good predictor of performance on the job? Since it is a remote hiring tool, how does it eliminate the chance of a candidate cheating or having someone else complete the assessment for them? Hence it is important to understand and evaluate the proctoring technology used.

So where do you find such a remote hiring tool? The answer is easy — PerspectAI, the one-stop solution to cater to your remote hiring needs. A solution that is valid, backed by psychology and data science, and powered with impenetrable remote proctoring technology. Explore the solution that will help you beat COVID-19.

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