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With nearly 1 in 4 Americans working from home as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, more and more companies are permanently making the switch to remote employment. Industry leaders such as Facebook, Twitter and Nationwide have announced changes to their company policies to emphasize remote work opportunities and other businesses are following suit. Experts predict that the global pandemic has forever changed the way business will be run in the United States.

Even companies that plan to eventually return to in-person operations are uncertain how long social distancing regulations will affect them, which means many need to rely on remote workers for the time being. This poses unique challenges for some employers, because recruiting, interviewing and hiring remote workers requires different strategies than hiring for in-office positions.

Here are three of those challenges being faced by many employers

    1. Remote employees need a unique skill set and personality type. Not everyone is suited to remote work. In order to successfully work from home and keep up with their workload, remote employees need self-discipline, internal motivation, excellent problem solving and communication skills, and a sharp sense of intuition. Employers should consider the personality types of those applying for remote positions and whether they are a good fit for virtual employment.
    2. Technology makes a big difference. When working remotely, employees need to be tech-savvy and have access to all the software and hardware they need to successfully complete their tasks. For example, remote employees will likely need a consistent wifi connection, a computer monitor camera, software for video conferencing, a printer, and more.
    3. Interviewing for a remote position requires different strategies. Companies like Dell and American Express have stated that when hiring for a remote position, they approach the interview process differently. For example, American Express includes interview questions about personality and work style, while Dell includes remote workers on the interviewing teams for virtual positions.

RecDiv is an online job platform that connects employers with students and recent graduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.