Over the last month, we’ve seen a dramatic shift away from traditional work settings as companies have had to transition to fully remote operations. In addition to adjusting workflows and company policies for a remote world, organizations must also adapt their recruiting strategies for this new business environment.
With engineers being in particularly high demand, it’s especially important for organizations to get their hiring processes right when engaging these candidates. There’s little room for trial and error.
When recruiting engineers remotely, organizations should keep the following considerations in mind:
1. Overcommunication Is Key
Seventeen percent of employees believe remote work does not allow for normal communication and collaboration with coworkers. As a result, companies have to encourage overcommunication to ensure bases are covered and vital information is being shared.
Extra communication is that much more important when hiring remote engineers in particular. A software engineer’s job, by its very nature, requires working across many parts of the company. Engineers must engage collaborators in product management, support, operations, sales, and other departments in order to ensure the products they deliver meet the needs of everyone involved.
In a typical office setting, a software engineer can easily address a problem by physically meeting up with the teams involved. When working remotely, however, they just don’t have that luxury. That’s why overcommunication is key: It keeps the conversation flowing and ensures issues do not fall by the wayside.
In terms of the recruiting process itself, a company should overcommunicate expectations to engineering candidates. Companies must be exceptionally precise in describing projects, roles, and workflows so that potential engineering hires can readily understand the level of day-to-day support they will encounter. New remote hires don’t want to join a company where they’d be sequestered away without much insight into what’s going on in other departments. That would hinder their ability to successfully deliver on projects.
2. Community > Money
Engineering is one the best-paying occupations, but a good salary is not enough to keep an engineer on board. In fact, one Glassdoor survey found that more than half of engineers would actually take a pay cut in exchange for a job at a company with a great culture.
Establishing a sense of community is especially important for remote engineers, who may be prone to feeling isolated based on the nature of their work arrangements. Engineering work often requires long periods of isolated focus, and even during their downtime, remote engineers can only access their colleagues virtually. Because of this, it’s incredibly important to find ways to bring everyone together for communal events to build camaraderie.
During the recruiting process, it helps to emphasize the kind of community your company can offer a remote engineer. Explain to them who their teammates will be, who their mentors will be, and how they will connect with their colleagues regularly despite the distance. Read more here…