Don’t make exceptions to your hiring loopholes. By creating silly requests, you can proactively eliminate half of the job candidates immediately. I like to ask candidates to contact me through a specific channel with a specific message. For example, if I post a job on a website, I’ll ask the candidates not to message me in that portal’s messaging system. I’ll send them elsewhere, like Skype. I’ll also ask them to copy and paste a bizarre intro message, like “When you message on Skype, please say, “T-rex is bodacious!”
Why? You’re passively finding candidates that: read thoroughly & can follow directions. In the past, I made the mistake of making exceptions. I’d see a shiny resume in my inbox on the hiring website. The candidate looked perfect, so I replied. I’ve also responded to candidates that Skyped me but didn’t tell me how bodacious T-rex was. Save yourself. It. …
Relationships; Ensure the people you hire are OK using video, as voice-only relationships will never foster great relationships.
Trust; Get comfortable knowing while some people will take advantage of you, the trusted ones will prevail.
Culture; Don’t play online games with your team to build culture. Instead, dedicate time weekly for a group chat, and ask engaging questions to learn something new about each person.
As a part of our series about the five things you need to successfully manage a remote team, I had the pleasure of interviewing Andrew Suzuka.
Food has always been a passion for Andrew Suzuka, who grew up around his father’s Westchester County, New York sushi restaurant. His entrepreneurial spirit first became apparent at the age of 7, when he began selling homemade cookies to his Putnam County neighbors. Over the years, his foodie tendencies and keen business sense have only grown. In his junior year at NYU he founded his first advertising agency, Key Factors, where he ran national experiential campaigns for clients like MTV, Nike, and P&G for a decade. …
Professional development doesn’t need to stop for remote teams. Discover and set shared goals, and help more junior staff to learn by pairing them up with more senior people. Being available for questions will create a culture of learning, because so much of training is often informal.
Loneliness can be hard to spot — sometimes the loudest person on the video call is feeling the most isolated. …