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Four tips for screening your offshore team

The internet has certainly changed the way employment is carried out. Businesses in the US are now able to tap into the rich talent pool of countries such as the Philippines, and by using different tools and technologies, employers are able to search, qualify and hire talent without ever leaving their offices. However, there are still challenges to overcome in order for us to say that the digital way of recruiting employees is better than traditional methods we’ve used in the past.

For starters, the interaction you’ll be able to make with your job applicant is through the screen of your computer or through a printout of their resume and exams. And yes, a phone or Skype interview might be very limiting but there are workarounds that will allow you to get more out of it to help you in selecting the proper person to hire for your business.

Tip #1 – Get a Reliable and Experienced Partner

When it comes to hiring people offshore, it’s better to work with an outsourcing company with a solid experience in the industry. Oftentimes, these companies have an existing database of talents that have been previously screened. By tapping into this talent base, your business will be able to ensure that you’ll only be interviewing applicants that are highly qualified for the job you want to offshore.

Tip #2 – Implement a Pre-Screening Process

In cases where your outsourcing partner doesn’t have a person in their database that match your requirements and they need to source it outside their talent pool, make sure that they have a screening process that takes into consideration your business’ needs.

Tip #3 – Ensure an Ideal Interview Location

One of the disadvantages of interviewing freelancers is that they often work in environments that have less than ideal conditions for phone-based interviews. This is especially true for those who work from their homes where distractions are prevalent. In contrast, an outsourcing company will be able to provide an ideal interview location for your candidates. Make sure that your outsourcing partner is able to provide a location that has proper lighting and is quiet and free from distractions.

Tip #4 – Invest on Equipment

A large portion of the interview process is dependent on the technology you are using. Your outsourcing partner should have the necessary equipment to make sure that there is clear communication between you and the applicant. There should be a fast and stable internet connection, high-quality headsets and HD web cameras to make communication more seamless.



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