Recruiting Remote Workers: What Candidates Need to Know

Steve Lowisz
As companies are hiring more and more remote workers, it’s important to make sure candidates are provided with all of the job details that would ensure their success.

Although details of a remote job will contain much of the same information as a regular position, there are certain details that need to be covered that aren’t a concern for an on-site employee.

Before you begin your search for candidates, work with the hiring manager to ensure that the job description contains the right information pertaining to remote work.

Specify any location requirements.

Many people tend to believe that remote work means that a person is able to live anywhere. However, that is not always true. A lot of companies that offer remote work have location requirements for a variety of reasons:

• Tax purposes
• Keeping staff in similar time zones
• In-person meetings with clients or coworkers
• Necessary state-issued certifications or licenses

Be sure this information is easy to spot on the job description to avoid applicants who do not meet these requirements.

Elaborate on the meaning of “remote.”

A remote position does not necessarily mean an individual will always be remote. The remote work may only be temporary during the pandemic, with plans to transition to in-office work once the pandemic subsides. Or perhaps it will be necessary for the individual to occasionally come into the office for training or team meetings.

If there are any in-person requirements, it needs to be clearly specified so there is no room for misinterpretation.

If applicable, define “flexible hours.”

Oftentimes remote positions promote flexible hours as a perk of the job. But it doesn’t always mean that an individual is completely free to work whatever hours they want.

If there are certain timeframes that an individual must be working each day, be sure to spell that out. For example, you could say “flexible hours outside of 11am-3pm Eastern Time.”

Describe any necessary equipment and what will be provided.

Some companies provide equipment to their remote workers such as laptops and headsets; or they allow employees to expense items for reimbursement. Others expect their employees to provide certain equipment themselves.

If an individual is expected to provide anything themselves, be sure that it is distinctly stated.

Provide the right information, attract the right talent.

By providing candidates with the information above, they will have a greater understanding if the position is right for them. Save yourself from sifting through piles of ineligible applicants by telling candidates up front what they need to know from a remote standpoint