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Hiring Remote Workers? Don’t Use Resumes.


Setting up your business in a way that leverages remote workers is a great way to broaden the available talent pool, cut costs and give your clients 24/7 support without unreasonable hours “at the office”. But with those opportunities come new challenges.

One of those, is hiring. When hiring remote workers, your potential hiring pool just grew from whatever city your office is in, to the entire world. That means you’ll get many, many more applicants per position than if you were hiring locally. Because of this, hiring based on resumes becomes a non-viable option. You need a fit-for-purpose remote hiring tool. And a killer recruitment strategy to go with it.

How To Screen Remote Workers The Right Way

The good news is we have found (read: built) a great way to screen remote candidates without reading hundreds of resumes. Necessity is the mother of invention. When we struggled with hiring our own remote workers, we built Toggl Hire, a hiring tool that does away with the traditional resume review process.

Instead of plowing through stacks of resumes, Toggl Hire creates a 15-20 minute long skills test for candidates to take. All you as the hiring manager need to do is input which skills are relevant for the job, then Toggl Hire gets to work building the ideal test for those skills. Candidates are instantly shortlisted based on scores, so you only focus your time at interview on the candidates you know have what it takes to succeed in the role.

Related: How Monese reduced time to hire by 86% with Toggl Hire.

Test Your Candidates For Their Skills

Experience has shown that testing for skills is actually very easy and the results are a good predictor of future job performance. A good side result is the fact that to test for a position you have to know what you want — what are the key skills needed, what are the essential elements of your company’s culture and so on. 

Over the years, this practice has saved us endless hours and needless costs, but has also helped to cultivate an environment where the strongest candidate wins — arguably the fairest hiring system around.

Related: How 1 engineer hired 6 top programmers with minimum effort.

You might be wondering what this all feels like from the candidates’ perspective. We’ve actually found they really enjoy the process! The tests are fun, engaging, and a bit of a challenge (which top talent typically relishes anyway)! Most people hate job boards, updating their resumes and, worst of all, writing another cover letter. In fact, a lot of the feedback we get from candidates is that if they would’ve had to submit a resume and cover letter, they never would’ve applied for the role in the first place. But because it was just a quick test, they went for it.

Related: How I took a quiz on Facebook and accidentally got a job.

How To Hire Without Resumes?

Testing for skills & performance when hiring remotely makes sense because it takes out the needless bureaucracy of applying for a job. Check this page for some inspiration on how to hire remote workers without resumes, and create your own performance-based job opening for remote workers for free with Toggl Hire.

Related: The Ultimate Guide to Hiring Remote Employees

Read more: The Toggl Guide to Working from Home

April 22, 2020