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How to Vet IT Candidates for Remote Jobs

Sometimes we can be our own worst enemies. As recruiting staffing and hiring professionals, we have to be mindful of “not seeing the forest for the trees” sometimes.

Elon Musk, famous for hiring the best-of-the-best engineering talent, once quipped, “If Nikola Tesla applied to Tesla, would we even give him an interview?”

So what can hiring professionals do to ensure they’re keeping their eye on the ball when hiring remote IT workers? 

In this post, we’ll discuss three essential virtual work hiring practices:

  • Pick your strategy and stick with it!
  • Use a simple, three-pronged approach to screen for remote-only positions
  • Use an industry-tested strategy to extend your team’s capabilities and reach 

It’s also a great idea to have a trusted partner that has a comprehensive understanding of your business, your industry, and your hiring needs.

Patel Consultants can help you with all of your recruiting and staffing needs, from direct-hire to contract workers, temp-to-hire, and everything in between. Call us today at  908-964-7575

So let’s start at the beginning. What should hiring professionals do first?

Pick your strategy and stick with it!

Companies can easily make the mistake of not choosing a workforce strategy and sticking to it. As the pundits at Inc. online point out: 

Maybe you moved all your people to remote quarters during 2020 and 2021. Now, it’s time to figure out what to do next. Whether or not you expect to bring in more personnel, make a decision for the future of your company soon. For instance, are you planning on adopting a hybrid working model that allows partial but not full telecommuting? Your employees need to know because some may be planning life changes that could affect their decision to remain with you or resign.

Returning to the office is a reality now. Companies and their HR teams are reacting to this new reality with workforce adjustments. The new workforce profile will reflect “new normal” logistical real estate and office accommodations. That means in-office, fully-remote, and hybrid work environments.

Hiring teams need to carefully decide on the work location and type for every IT job type and description. This then needs to be communicated clearly and concisely to the applicant pool. 

Openly communicating your workforce strategy will help you attract the right IT candidates for new positions. It will also help you manage workforce turnover by identifying potential employees at risk of leaving.   

Use a simple, three-pronged approach to screen for remote-only positions.

Once you’ve unequivocally decided on hiring a fully remote IT professional, you’ll want to screen for three critical metrics:

  • Has the candidate worked fully remote for a year or more in a previous job?
  • Is this their preferred full-time work lifestyle choice?
  • Can they articulate the pros and cons of fully-remote work?

These metrics won’t necessarily determine your go/no-go hiring decision on a particular candidate. But they will allow you to weigh your decision in a more accurate balance.

Use an industry-tested strategy to extend your team’s capabilities and reach. 

Remember the Elon Musk quote at the beginning of the post? Hiring pros need to be acutely aware of the possibility of missing out on the right candidate by using too much automation and process. 

The CRM specialists at Hubspot recently pointed out the value of automation tools, like applicant tracking software and the use of repeatable, reliable processes in hiring.   

We agree with that assessment—but only to a point. At Patel, our goal is to act as an extension of your team. We understand the current candidate-friendly IT market intimately. And we leverage our unique expertise and hiring perspective for the benefit of our clients.

At Patel Consultants, we believe in hiring automation tools, but we also strongly believe in the value of human intelligence and in-depth experiential knowledge of our client’s hiring needs. We leverage an innovative blend of software, tools, talent, experience, and process in the context of our client’s unique requirements. 

A laser-focused recruiting firm can streamline the hiring process by helping you find that critical group of candidates to interview.  

Our industry-tested ability to identify, qualify, attract, and represent top talent is the number one reason our clients choose us as their strategic recruiting and staffing partner. 

When we engage with a client to fill a direct-hire, temporary, temp-to-hire, or contract position, we are meticulous about placing the right candidate. 

Are you a hiring manager or human resources professional with a job search, or searches, underway? Are you looking for workforce management solutions? 

Maybe you just have some questions about how we can help you with your staffing needs?

At Patel Consultants, we help clients just like you find that perfect candidate every day!

Call us today at  908-964-7575, or get in touch online. Our expert recruiters are waiting for your call.