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5 Tips for Hiring Remote Engineering Teams

By January 23, 2019 3 min read

If your company is looking to hire remote engineers for the first time, you may have a lot of questions about how to go about starting the process.

If you’re searching for a beginner’s guide on where and how to begin locating the field’s best remote talent, then look no further.

Here are 5 tips to help you hire the best remote engineering teams:

1.  Similar Working Style

Hiring remote workers is a lot like entering a relationship. You’re a certain person; they’re a certain person. For things to work out, you have to have enough in common that you’re able to gel together.

Here’s an example: You’re a manager that prefers video calling over e-mail. You work with remote teams and video calling allows for a more personal conversation, which is very important to you. Ergo, it is imperative that the remote workers you employ are comfortable with using video chat technology as a means of communication.

It is important that your ideals and the ideals of your remote team mesh, especially since you will not have the opportunity to see them every day around the office in order to establish a working relationship.

2. Quality Above All Else

Half the challenges of working with a remote team can be solved if you work with high-quality, talented engineers. The best engineers are 800% more productive than average engineers—go for the best.

As intuitive as this seems, it’s something a lot of companies overlook. As much as possible, do not settle; always intend to get the best resources for your company—quality above all else.

3. “You Say Good Morning When It’s Good Night”

A large part of working together is communication. Due to the simple fact that solid and frequent communication is difficult across time-zones, working with remote engineers, based in a similar time-zone as your company, will make everyone’s lives easier.

Of course, each company is unique, and you may have different priorities, but looking for persons in your time-zone is ideal. For example, at Turing we’ve implemented a sophisticated machine learning system that pairs you with an engineer that works best with your specific situation. Since the system is intelligent, it adapts to your dynamic and ever-changing needs without any difficulty.

(Read more about our machine learning system here.)

4. Don’t follow the masses.

A Yoda-esque statement, perhaps: Look not where others are, but where they are not.

For example, if a big company—Google, let’s say—has lots of offices in India, then you’re better off not looking for developers there because you’ll be competing with them for remote engineers. While engineers from India may be a solid option depending on what your company’s needs are, any situation that involves you competing with Google is going to be a battle that you probably won’t win.

When searching for remote talent in the field of engineering, it’s best if you can find a market that’s not as saturated and look for workers there. Counter trends; think and look strategically.

5. Hire Pre-Vetted Engineers

If you’re a manager that’s looking to hire remote engineers, credibility is going to be a big factor. You want to make sure that the engineer you’re hiring is trustworthy and optimal for your company.

The solution? Pre-vetted engineers.

To be “pre-vetted” means that the remote engineer looking for employment has already passed various HR tests, from interviews to testing to background checks.

For instance, at Turing, you can choose from a selection of hundreds of pre-selected engineers that’ve gone through a rigorous interview and testing process.

(Read about our engineer selection process here.)

At the end of the day, the most important thing when hiring remote teams is finding reliable and trustworthy workers. It’s also important to find engineers that align with your company’s values and ethics. Be smart and strategic when it comes to the market you search in and, finally, always look for the best engineers.

Use Turing to search from over hundreds of pre-vetted and qualified engineers that match your company’s needs and circumstance.

Tell us the skills you need and we'll find the best developer for you in days, not weeks.

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