With the flexibility and various skill sets that working with a remote team can bring to your project, websites like oDesk are quickly becoming a go-to resource for many startups, entrepreneurs and businesses. However, before you jump in and start hiring your remote team, there are a few things you need to know about how to hire on oDesk to improve your hiring process:
1) Make sure you write a solid job description
The more detailed your description, the more accurate of a match you’ll attract. Beware, if you get too detailed, you may end up excluding too many people and not having enough to choose from. Try to keep a happy medium where your description will insure those who apply understand the extent of what you’re looking for without scaring off quality candidates.
2) Weed out those who are applying to every job
Sometimes oDesk’s abundance of resources can work against you. You’re highly likely to get people who will send out a blanket application to multiple jobs (many of which they are not qualified for) which you will then have to spend time and resources sorting through and weeding them out. One way to make this process easier is to add a line in your job description that will help you tell who is serious about the job and who is not. One example, tell all applicants to put a specific phrase at the top of their application and then you can easily dismiss those who do not have the phrase.