The majority of the workforce has been working remotely over the past year. With the transition to remote work, many teams will begin hiring new colleagues without ever meeting them in person. While hiring remote can be challenging, companies can now hire qualified candidates from across the globe.

Here are our top 8 tips for remote hiring to ensure you hire the most qualified talent.

1. Understand the Hiring Market: While several jobs were lost due to COVID-19 related layoffs, the job market has picked back up. Just last month, almost 1 million jobs were added, and the national unemployment rate dropped to 6%. It’s important for HR teams to understand the hiring market and what is needed to hire top talent.

2. Create the Right Job Description: The first step to hiring the right person is to create the right job description. Ensure the right qualifications and responsibilities are listed so that the right candidates are applying.

3. Set Hiring Manager Expectations: Hiring remotely is a different process. HR teams should set expectations for hiring managers. They may only meet their potential employees via video but should replicate the in-person experience as best as possible.

4. Prioritize the Candidate Experience: Communication is key in the interview process. It is important to deliver hiring news, good and bad, in a timely fashion. You should create a welcoming environment for candidates and market the reasons your company is a great place to work.

5. Promote from Within: When hiring for new positions, don’t forget to promote open roles to internal employees. Your perfect candidate may just be on a different team.

6. Use the Right Sourcing Tools: If you don’t have the right candidate internally, make sure to use the right sourcing tools to create a pipeline of candidates. You can use job boards like Indeed and CareerBuilder as well as utilizing social media channels like LinkedIn or even Twitter.

7. Consider Screening Tools as Needed: Hiring the right person remotely can be difficult. If needed, consider using screen tools like personality tests or technical tests to make sure you are hiring the most qualified candidate.

8. Stay Remote: While COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted, you want to make sure your candidates feel comfortable the entire time. Consider keeping the entire hiring process remote to adhere to all health and safety precautions.