How to hire someone you've never met in person

Nirvi B
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How to hire someone you've never met in person

A majority of HR specialists prefer to make the final recruiting choice only after spending sufficient time with the potential candidates, preferably in person. What could be more vital to your organization than hiring and nurturing the best talent. At the end of the day, we rely on people, not on business strategies.

As for many business leaders, the face-to-face interview phase is the most desired portion of the recruiting process. Before you reach there, you've already screened the candidate's résumé, learnt about their job history, and most likely interacted with them over a call. But the matter lies in recognizing if that's "the one."

What precisely are you searching for when you're interviewing candidates for a position? Perhaps it's someone with a positive attitude or someone who appears to be enthusiastic, focused, and sociable. Arriving at the principal point, what if the position you're hiring for is remote, and the candidates who made it to the final round of interviews are located all over the world?

Here's a few tips on remote hiring someone you’ve never met in person:

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1. Conduct interviews on different platforms

An online interview doesn’t necessarily have to be limited to a video calling platform. You may want to explore and hold interviews over the other means on the internet, via audio or even a chat. The founder of Automattic, Matt Mullenweg, used to conduct a few of his firm’s interviews rounds via an online chat with the job seekers.

While having no idea on the gender or origin of the candidates, he pinned his hopes solely on the words in front of his screen. Mullenweg highlighted how this technique was near to a double-blind experiment, something that prevents biases when evaluating a candidate. In this context, the two things he was looking for in a candidate were passion and cultural compatibility.

2. Look beyond a cold reference check

While references are a great hiring tool, there’s no harm in looking up the candidate on social media platforms, such as LinkedIn. Before you hire them, this is your chance to look for red flags. One such emerging concept is social recruitment, the process of recruiting applicants through social media platforms like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, online forums and job boards.

Some of the best sources of hires come from an automated referral management system. The power of Al and automation allows the algorithms to understand, analyze, and parse any resume format. This saves both time and effort required to parse what could be an enormous heap of resumes and applications.

3. Involve your team members in the process

The new employee will have a significant impact on the short and long-term performance of their overall team. It's worth incorporating members of their future team, as many as you can feasibly fit, into the recruitment funnel.

Parabol, a fully distributed firm, goes a level ahead with this while making sure to include at least one person from each of their departments throughout the "cultural fit" assessment of their interview process. Allowing certain teammates to do a one-on-one interview with the potential candidate is one example. Alternatively, you may establish a panel of a few staff members to conduct a single informational interview.

4. Assign a sample work

To gain a sense of candidates' personalities and aptitudes, many firms use tests, work samples, or similar assessment tools. Such an assignment offers a worthy chance to reflect, interact and collaborate with an applicant, in a remote hiring landscape.

This is an area where Blinkist, a Germany-based company, excels. Their management offers candidates an outline of what to expect before each assessment or interview, including the names of people they'll meet, and some resources to help them prepare.

5. Challenge your company’s cultural biases

We often prioritize the concept of “cultural fit” to find our ideal candidate. While it’s just as important a parameter as the others in the recruitment funnel, it should be noted- "Fit" connotes similarity; it implies that you're looking for someone who acts and thinks the same way you do.

Seeking cultural additions at your company with candidates who can potentially introduce new, complementary viewpoints to the table is a good way to look at this. This kind of adjustment is crucial in a virtual hiring context when small talk and rapport-building are less natural.

6. Create a standard onboarding process

When you can't roll your chair to the new employee’s workstation, or peer over their shoulder, training and onboarding a new employee will need a little more planning. You may want to define, restructure and establish a systematic onboarding process when it comes to remote hiring. You'll still need to identify yourself and your organization, as well as describe how you go about your onboarding.


Companies must redefine their solutions from remote-friendly to remote-first, with 59 per cent of individuals choosing to work remotely, even when offices resume. This includes re-designing hiring processes to ensure that you don't miss out on remote talent that may help your company thrive by bringing different perspectives to the table.

A full-fledged applicant tracking system (ATS), like that of a one-view integrated hiring solution- peopleHum, allows you to track all of your applications, immediately dismiss individuals who don't fulfil your requirements, and make informed decisions about who advances further.

The platform further leverages the power of Al to automate sourcing, candidate screening, scheduling interviews and follow-through cycles. On our recruitment system, you may get the most up-to-date metrics on the whole talent acquisition cycle. This way, your analytics imbibe the power to measure the effectiveness of your funnel, and make any necessary changes and improvements for a phenomenal remote hiring and recruitment experience.

We hope you got some great insights from this blog. Its now time to apply it. Get started with peopleHum for free today. No credit card needed.

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