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How to Screen Candidates for Remote Jobs

Posted: November 14, 2022

When you own or manage a business, there are few things more important than hiring the right people. Having quality employees in place helps ensure that the vision of your company is being carried out and that your business is in the best possible position to succeed. In a world where more and more companies are choosing to allow employees to work from home, it’s still important that you have quality pre-employment screening processes in place.While it’s easy to assume that you can gloss over this process if you’re hiring remote workers, that’s simply not the case. Discover more about how to better vet remote workers for your business today.

Know What to Look For
One of the biggest misconceptions surrounding remote work is that it is easier, and therefore, you don’t need to hire employees who meet such rigorous standards. That’s not the case at all. In fact, when you’re screening employees for remote work, it could be argued that you need to be even more rigorous with your screening process.

When employees work in an office where you are supervising them, you can make sure that they are staying on task. However, if they are working from home, it’s important that they are self-motivated and know how to stay on task without supervision. Spend some time evaluating a potential candidate’s ability to remain motivated and engaged because you won’t be there to make sure that things are being done.

Criminal Records Still Matter
It’s easy to assume that just because someone won’t be in your business’ facility that you can relax your rules concerning criminal background checks, but that’s not true. 

However, performing a pre-employment criminal background check needs to be a part of your hiring process, regardless of the position. There are some felonies that should preclude someone from working for your company. Additionally, asking someone about their criminal background allows you to better gauge how honest the candidate is.

Know your Laws and Regulations
Before screening a candidate it's importatant to know your State and Local Laws along with your Federal Laws and Regulations. Several states and cities have passed new regulations affecting drug screening, fair hiring, and more.

US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

If you want to improve your pre-employment screening and pre-employment criminal background check processes, contact us today. Our team can help you put the programs that you need in place so you can hire the best candidates for your company whether they are working in your space or remotely.