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Remote Team Culture: Hiring For Cultural Fit

Jaana Metsamaa Jaana Metsamaa Last Updated:

Today, more and more companies choose to recruit remote talent for various reasons. On one hand, this increases the number of candidates to pick from. However, it also introduces new challenges to the hiring process. One such challenge is making sure your potential hires fit with your remote team culture. After all, how do you gague cultural fit when your team is oceans apart?

To find the right remote candidates, we need to consider that assessment for cultural fit needs even more attention than usual. This will ensure new hires fit in with your remote team culture as best they can.

Introduce skills tests

One option to shortlist the right candidates quickly is to introduce skill-based hiring. In skill-based hiring, you first define the goals that the future employee needs to achieve, and the skills you believe to be required in the role.

Next, you need to create a test to evaluate the candidate’s skills and knowledge. An easy and free way to get started with this kind of skills testing is with Toggl Hire.

Research shows skill-based hiring can reduce employee turnover by 73%, and significantly reduce time-to-hire. Not a surprise, when you consider these skills tests are designed to weed out unqualified candidates from the get go, making your hiring process much more streamlined and efficient.

Check remote team culture fit with soft skill questions

We all know that skills alone don’t mean that the new hire will be a good match with the team. You also need to figure out if they have the cultural fit for your company. When hiring remote team members, this needs special attention as they won’t be working with the rest of the team face-to-face, so fitting in with remote team culture is essential. For example, being a self-starter and a problem-solver seem to be the universal must-haves for a successful remote workers.

Such screening, could of course, be achieved with different interview questions that reveal aspects of the candidate’s personality and character. Alternatively, you can include questions about soft skills relevant to remote work in the pre-employment skills tests.

Now that you have tested for both a hard skillset, and remote team culture fit, you should have a good set of candidates to move forward to interviews with. You’ll be able to give them your undivided attention, confident that you’ve got the highest calibre from the candidates that applied to your role in the first place.


Hiring for remote roles can be a bit of a challenge, but with the right strategy in place, it doesn’t have to be. Skills tests and questions around values are a good starting place to discern who will fit your remote team culture best. Tests will never replace all recruiting and hiring activities but they can be an excellent starter to getting the perfect candidates in your sights.

Read more: The Toggl Guide to Working from Home

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