The Internet is fundamental to the global business movement. It allows businesses to form and run global companies with offices and workers from around the world. It also paved way to the more fluid and efficient virtual offices, where teams are composed of remote workers from all over the world. Hiring talents from the international pool is easy, but first, you must know the art of finding the right ones that will fit your company.
Just like any staffing procedures, hiring for your international team is complex and tedious. It will also be costly, time-consuming, and sometimes exasperating. For startups, the process can be doubly frustrating and expensive.
Finding the perfect fit is extra hard when you’re dealing with international employment. People from different countries have different culture, language, traditions, and societal norms. Finding the middle ground is hard, but it is also a must for successful employment relationships.
Here are some tips that will help you find talented freelancers for startups that will fit your business needs;
Identify your staffing needs. Know what your company needs in terms of talent, skills, and proficiencies. Do you need a leader or a worker? Do you need a fulltime assistant or a project-based designer? Does your company need new ideas or back-office support?
Do not forego the interview. Before you commit a freelancer to task, always conduct an interview first. There are endless ways to have a virtual interview with a freelancer – Skype, Google+ Hangout, and WhatApp are just some of the most commonly used apps for real time communications. Try to assess their commitment and genuine interest on the job, as well as the veracity of their talent and achievement claims.
Be specific with the terms of employment. Left no room for any misunderstandings. When posting a job, or interviewing a candidate, be specific with the job details including the scope of his or her tasks, the pay rate and how you will send money for their salary, your expectations, his or her deliverables, and its deadlines.
Start looking talents from similar time zones. It is smart to start looking from countries that you share time zones with, or those with minimal differences. Working outside of the normal work hours can be costly and would eventually take a toll on your freelancer’s health and productivity.
Get them to understand the company. The key to finding and hiring a freelancer you plan to work with for a long time is to introduce the company, its functions, goals, and visions. Get them onboard like you would an investor or a manager. The more they understand the company, the more they feel welcomed, involved, and considered a team member.
Test their abilities. Do not trust what you read in their resumes or see in their portfolio. Remember, you are dealing with people who are, aside from what they choose to disclose, are total strangers. Remote workers earn more when they have a proven track record of work experience. Also, being the most experienced and accomplished professional is not an assurance of a good fit. Before you give them important assignments, test them first with small tasks that would represent most of their responsibilities. Testing them will also give you a good idea of their attitude and commitment to work.
Put premium on commitment. Commitment is a big word in the world of freelancing. Just as you have an international talent pool, they can also connect with clients from all over the world. Whether you need them for fulltime employment, on project-based contracts, or on an as-needed setup, make sure that they can commit to deliver. A good way to measure their level of commitment is their passion for their craft. Learn more about the freelancer, do a little research, and check out their employment history and pattern. Choose a designer who loves his art, not the one who just want a contract with a good price tag.
Get them engaged. A virtual office is harder to manage than the traditional four-walled office setup. Emails are not your best option when trying to manage an international team. Keep your virtual team engaged, motivated, and on track by using online office platforms like Slack, WhatApp Group, Trello, or the WeChat in China. These platforms help facilitate management and cascade of tasks, track work productivity and efficiency, share files, provide open channels of communication, and keep your freelancers’ engagement level up.