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How to Hire remote software engineers: 7 Characteristics to Look out for

Hiring remote software engineers online is a leap of faith. However, as we become more and more comfortable with working and hiring remotely, HR managers as well as recruiters are becoming more adept at recognizing the characteristics they want in a new recruit.

So we have compiled a list of 7 characteristics you need to determine once you hire remote software engineers online.

1. Goal Oriented

The remote hire needs to be goal oriented in order to be able to complete tasks at hand. Working remotely has its own set of challenges.

And knowing what goals to achieve and where to be at after a certain point in time is extremely integral to make remote working work.

If someone is not passionate about setting goals, they are most certainly going to feel lost in the middle of things.

It is pertinent for remote teams to be go getters and feel pushed to achieve milestones set by team leads. Only then is it sustainable to progress, no matter where the team is at.

2. Task Manager

In order to achieve said goals, managing and prioritizing tasks is also of utmost importance to be able to make goals more achievable and realistic.

Setting a milestone which seems impossible to achieve, may lead to lower morale and motivation to keep working at something.

However, if remote teams are good task managers, then seemingly insurmountable tasks also become doable and achievable.

Breaking down goals into everyday tasks through various online management tools like Notion, Trello, and Slack make task management extremely easy and manageable.

Also team leads can easily measure progress and address any issues that may crop up from time to time.

3. Time Manager

No matter what time remote software engineers working online are most productive, they still have to be efficient time managers as well.

Time management is key when working remotely as this helps delineating between “home” and “work”. Work-Life balance is key to keeping remote workers engaged long-term.

Burnout ratio is also kept to a minimum when time is managed efficiently. Focusing given hours to work, helps with productivity as one knows what time to dedicate to work and when to “switch off” and be at rest.

4. Self-Motivated

Remote working is all about being self-motivated. As there is no direct supervision and if one wants to slack, can honestly get away with it.

However, this is obviously not a sustainable trait and team leads need their team to be self-motivated as well as self-regulated in order to work in flow like a well-oiled machine.

There may be bumps along the way, but (as earlier mentioned) goal oriented workers are more motivated to achieve their goals by managing their tasks and time efficiently.

Once a workflow is created, it is easier to ride the bumps with ease and be able to solve issues as and when they crop up.

5. Problem Solver

Hence, we come to the point of problem solvers. Coming to a resolution is key to keep the system running. It has been seen that remote software engineers are better problem solvers than their counterparts who are in office settings.

This is because they have to be self-reliant most of the time and have to come up with solutions by thinking on their feet.

In an office setting, it is easier to rely on their manager to come up with a solution and often do not bother thinking for themselves. Working remotely makes one more independent and looking for ways to manage glitches on their own.

Although, larger problems need to be solved collectively and if remote teams are good at communications, then out of the box solutions are pretty easy to get and implement.

6. Communicator

It goes without saying that remote working encourages communications and more often than not over communicating.

Hence, your remote software engineer should be able to be a great communicator online. Online and offline communications are quite different.

So the nuances one can achieve through offline communications – like body language and tone of voice – is somewhat lost in an online world.

This is why it is important to be able to translate all that and more to be able to achieve goals and milestones through effective communications.

7. Patient

Lastly, but no less importantly, one has to have extreme patience to be able to work remotely. We have seen all through the pandemic, that a lot of workers who were not adept at online mode of working, took a dip in productivity.

Zoom fatigue is real. Being unable to achieve a work-life balance is also something to contend with. But with deliberate focus, anything is achievable and training oneself in all the traits above is not impossible to do. It is not even something to be overwhelmed with.

It is quite different to work remotely, as opposed to working during a pandemic – and this we learnt through our various podcasts, when it was a recurring topic of discussion.

A lot of companies learnt while doing, and created work environments that helped their employees to remain engaged, even through the toughest times that we all faced.

But even so, patience is an important trait to have in remote workers, as this helps them achieve all the rest of the above.

No one comes fully trained to a workplace, a lot of things are learnt overtime – through dedication, motivation and patience.

Hiring Remote Software Engineers Online – Conclusion

Recruiters have now learnt how to discern which software engineer has these traits and where they lack.

Trainings and workshops help build these soft-skills in their teams so that they can all grow together. One thing that the pandemic taught us was that soft-skills in even technical fields are VERY significant to have.

Lines have blurred or become interdependent where such skills were often ignored in the engineering department. Now, times have changed, and so have the needs. Got to keep adapting to the fluidity of it all.

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