Tips for Recruiting New Virtual Team Members
Building a team for your business is a challenging endeavor. Trying build a virtual team can seem daunting at first. You may wonder how to advertise the positions that are available. You might be thinking how to assess the applicant’s capabilities without a proper interview. How are their work habits? The questions are endless. Well in this article we will ease those worries.
Tip #1: Get The Word Out
For regular positions at the office, especially in the past, a company’s best option for posting jobs was the classifieds in the newspaper. That option is
still available and is still a good choice, but there are other ways of recruiting that spread the news faster and broader. Thanks to the internet there are many “job boards” available online to announce open jobs. This works for attracting new talent for the office and virtual teams. There are specific websites for work at home jobs so you can reach individuals who seek this lifestyle.
Tip #2: Find The Skill Sets You Need
Since you are recruiting virtually, you have access to a larger group of applicants. This allows you to find the best individuals that have the specific skills to fit your company’s needs. It’s a big world out there. Take advantage of it.
Tip #3: Are They Experienced and Can They Focus
Some people dream of working from home and staying in their pajamas, but some of those people don’t think about all the possible distractions. The TV is an evil temptation, and then there might be young children to look after. It would be a good idea to inquire about their previous experience working from home if any. Were they able to stay focused? Do they have an office or are they working from the couch? Can they handle not having immediate correspondence with other team members?
Tip #4: See Eye To Eye
One of the perks most people would expect to have when working from home is setting their own hours. In a lot of cases, that would be okay. But there are times when you will need your team member to be online for team meetings, and video conferences with clients. You also might need them to be available to work a regular “nine to five” work week so they can link up with other team members for a group project. Whatever the situation, be upfront before you hire every new member about what you expect of them.
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by Rob Carpen
Rob is a content writer and editor, specializing in a variety of fields. He helps B2B and B2C clients with blogs, social media, press releases and web content that create more value for their marketing campaigns. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He played Club Rugby at IUP for four years. He loves Rugby and recently attended the Rugby World Cup in Newcastle, England – New Zealand All Blacks v. Tonga Match. Rob is passionate about craft beer. He is transitioning his eight years of home brewing to earn his professional brewer certificate.