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Things to consider when building your remote engineering team

Finding and hiring the right talent for any open position is complex, and when it comes to IT talent, the challenge can be even more significant.

Even if some of your team members are still getting used to the idea of having to work from home, the reality is that the way teams work around the world has completely changed. Throughout 2020 many companies faced the challenge of switching from having their operations under the roof of an office to going completely remote; this brought many challenges. Still, it also opened the door to even more opportunities for companies to grow.

People’s routines and the way they work have entirely changed, and as a consequence, how companies are building teams has also shifted. There are different pros and cons regarding remote work experience, but one thing is sure, there has not been a better time to find fantastic talent across the world and build a remote dream team.

Finding and hiring the right talent for any open position is complex, and when it comes to IT talent, the challenge can be even more significant. So now more than ever, it’s crucial to take extra steps to find the best talent and make the remote work experience a successful one for everyone in the IT team.

Many times it isn’t easy to judge if a candidate going through an IT recruitment process will be a good fit for your company, based on their work experience, interviews, and reference checks. So, when you hire remote workers for your team, these challenges can be magnified.

Define the skills your team members should have

Something we learned during 2020 is that not everyone is cut out for remote work. Before you begin the recruitment process for a remote position, it’s essential to list the skills you think your team needs to fit in your company’s culture and be successful in the remote work environment.

Look for talent in the right places

We already said it, but we repeat it, finding and hiring the right IT talent can be a big challenge, so it’s crucial to create a strategy that will allow you to access multiple profiles to find the right fit for your team. Leverage platforms like LinkedIn, Github, and Stack Overflow to connect with talent across the world. You’ll be surprised by the fantastic talent that’s out there. Of course, make sure that you and your team are ready to support this remote growth strategy.

Create a roadmap for your recruiting strategy

It’s crucial to create a remote recruiting experience and have a clear roadmap that allows you to be one step ahead of the game and make sure you have everything you need to support your company’s growth. Align your recruitment process with company goals and projected growth; this will help you plan, have a defined strategy in place. 

Build a cohesive remote recruiting experience

From the moment that a person submits their information to be considered for the position to when they receive their formal offer to join your team, they should feel positive that you are excited about joining the organization. It’s essential to commit to applicants and get in touch with them once per week while going through the hiring process, no matter the outcome.

Make sure you have all the resources you need

It’s time to ensure that you have all the help you need to implement it. We’re not only talking about software tools that will help you keep things running; having the internal resources to ensure that all the hiring processes are on track is key to achieving your recruitment goals.

Confirm that your company is ready to hire remotely

Hiring remotely comes with challenges for the HR team and other departments in the company, like the Finance and Legal teams. Why? Because by expanding, you’ll find out that additional requirements need to be met, even more, if you are growing your team to another country through a nearshore model.

Have an onboarding system in place

So how do you successfully onboard and train new staff, so they feel as welcomed and productive as your current team members? It’s important to have a plan that helps the new team member settle in the organization and coordinates the different stakeholders this new hire will be working with. To make sure that they all get to know him, that communication channels are established, and that he is set up for success in his new role and responsibilities.

Foster stable communication channels

Effective communication in the virtual workplace helps the team to be more productive, support decision-making, and foster relationships across the organization. So it’s critical to create and nurture effective communication channels across the IT team to ensure that everyone is aligned and that everyone supports the achievement of the company’s goals. 

As companies of all sizes continue to expand their operations worldwide, the opportunity to work with talented engineers, developers, project managers, and IT specialists has never been bigger. And a trend that we’ve seen with our clients over the past couple of years is expanding their teams through a nearshore staffing model.

Yes, building a multinational remote team from scratch can be a challenge, but you’ll get to success with the right support and guidance. 2020 changed how businesses operate; companies are still navigating the new world of work to optimize their daily operations and face the IT talent shortage while keeping the business running. 

Companies need a tech partner to support their growth, help them achieve their goals, and scale their teams under a cost-effective solution. Intersog delivers high-performance and agile team staffing solutions that help businesses be more successful through a nearshore model.

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