How To Hire Amazing Remote Graphic Designer

We’ll all agree with this one: what looks good – sells good.

No matter how good your product actually is, if your landing page or the product itself doesn’t look attractive, your sales probably won’t be sky-high.

How many times have you heard about fancy products selling like hotcakes but they are actually bad and people end up being disappointed. And on the other hand, how many times have great products flopped or failed to get sales simply due to poor website design.

Good graphic designers are essential in every business that needs to engage and persuade customers. Sooner or later you’re going to need one yourself whether freelance or full/part-time so read on and in this post, we’ll cover how to find and hire an amazing graphic designer.

 

How To Write a Great Remote Graphic Designer Job Post

 

Always make sure you put effort into writing a high-quality job description that will be the advert for your job.

Great designers are in high demand and your advert needs to persuade them to want to work for you and your business. The better you describe what you are looking for and need, the better the chances of getting quality applicants that meet your requirements.

Ensure your job post has these headings:

  • Who are you / your business – what do you do?
  • The position you are hiring for
  • Mandatory skills your candidates must have
  • Desirable skills your candidates might have
  • Experience you want them to have
  • What do you expect from them as a possible future employee?
  • What can they expect from you?
  • Ways of working – with you and your team
  • What’s in it for them? What’s great about working for your company?
  • How to apply

 

Want to see a great example? Check out this job advert on JobRack for some inspiration!

If you’d like some help writing your job description and the whole hiring process then check out our Done For You Service!

 

Where To Advertise Your Remote Graphic Designer Job Post?

 

This step might seem obvious but if you want to find the right people for your business you need to be looking in the right places!

In order to find a great remote designer, you’ll need to publish a job advert on at least one relevant platform. You have a variety of options when it comes to hiring platforms and it’s essential that you choose the right place to find your remote designer.

Great sites include:

  • We Work Remotely – You can find really good remote designers from all over the world here for a single job post fee of $299
  • Remoteok.io – Just like We Work Remotely, these guys target only remote workers, and you can find a remote designer for a single job post fee of $299
  • Upwork – one of the most popular places to find remote workers. However, even though Upwork is huge, you are likely to get plenty of applications but usually from people who are working per project, not the full or part-time employee who will work with you on growing your business. Also, considering the latest Upwork fee changes, hiring on Upwork might not be the right choice for you.
  • TopTal – TopTal is famous for having extremely high-quality freelancers as they only accept the top 3%. Even though you will without a doubt find high-quality designers, you can end up paying anywhere between $60-$160 per hour.
  • JobRack – With over 7,000 Eastern European jobseekers including hundreds of designers, plenty of employers are having huge success hiring designers from JobRack. Job posts cost just $149 and we work closely with you to help you get the great team member you’re looking for.

No one says it better than our customers:

Now you’ve got your job post and you’ve decided where to advertise, time to wait a short while for great designers to apply and you’re onto choosing who to hire!

 

How To Select and Test Remote Designers

 

It’s important you allow at least a few days for quality applications to come in. We normally recommend 5-7 days to be sure of a good response.

Check the applications you’ve received and start to filter candidates you think would be a great fit for the role. This number might be 2 or 20 or more, just make sure you review their applications in detail, especially the things that are most important to you.

When it comes to designers, it’s important they have the essential skills you already listed in your job advert. Make sure all of your top applicants have the basics and must-have skills you listed and look at extras they possess.

Once you have filtered we recommend assigning a short test task that gives you a chance to see how the top candidates work, how they communicate and how they behave in general.

Testing candidates will allow applicants to back up their application, and it will show you who provides the quality and responsiveness that works for you.

You have a range of options to test remote designers, particularly for a designer role, it’s a good idea to give them a simple task to design something for you and see how they work with the brief you’ve given them.

Make sure your task is simple enough not to take too much time for someone who has the right skills, but still complicated enough that you can see how they will l work with you in practice.

Make sure you specify how long and detailed the task should be, and if you require a more complicated and time-consuming delivery, note that you will pay them for the effort of spending a significant amount of time proving their skills to you.

This is a really important step in establishing trust. By offering to pay for the trial tasks it demonstrates you value their time and effort and will be seen very positively by applicants.

This doesn’t need to be top rates just ensure it is a fair token of gratitude for their time. In the end, requesting them to spend days designing asset for you for free wouldn’t be fair.

Ensure you set the same task to all candidates and provide as much detail as possible to help them have the full picture of what you’re looking for.

When they complete the tests you set, you will have all the outputs you need to decide who’s ready for the next step.

Review everything carefully and don’t be afraid to ask other people for their opinions.

Look at their style, the creative solution they came up with, how they matched colors and how long did it take them to complete the task.

If you are unsure of how to review everything you can always get experts on the case to help you!

That’s exactly what our Done For You service does. Expert hiring managers used to hiring and testing designers specific to your needs. We take all the pain away! Click here for more details and to schedule a call to chat through your needs.

After reviewing and choosing your shortlist it’s time to speak to them in an interview.

 

How to interview remote designers?

 

You’ve selected your top performers – job seekers who sent great applications you liked and did the test to an acceptable standard

It’s time to meet them!

Schedule a video interview (Skype, Zoom etc) and prepare a set of questions to ask them.

If you want to have a successful interview, here’s a couple of stages for you to think about going through with your candidate:

  1. Introduction – Welcome your candidate with a smile, take time to put them at ease, have some light chat about their day, where they are in the world, etc.
  2. Lose the tension! – Bear in mind that your candidate is probably nervous, nervous people don’t show you their true potential so it’s up to you to relax them and put them at ease.
  3. Start talking business – after the initial chat move into the interview. Start the conversation about their application and test task. Say a couple of words of praise about their work and ask them to talk about their past experience and why they want your job. Also, feel free to ask them about the process of performing the test task. That way, you can get a glimpse into their working mindset.
  4. Ensure that through your interview questions you understand how they work, when and where they like to work, what their availability is and get a feeling for whether they’re the team fit you’re looking for and need for your business.

Key for every interview is to get to know your candidate better and to see would they be a good fit for your company.

 

What questions should you ask?

 

Of course, you want an A-player. But you don’t want an A-player that isn’t the right fit for your business and your team. It would just be the wrong vibe and disruptive for your company.

Some subjects you should consider talking about:

  • Past experiences, what projects went well, when have they failed, what did they learn?
  • Why did they left the previous role?
  • Why do they want the position with you?
  • What are they looking for over the next few years?
  • What’s their greatest passion?
  • How do they relax? What do they do in their spare time?

All of these questions will tell you more about the person you will work with, so they are very important.

Bear in mind that it’s impossible to fully know someone based on one interview. It will take time as you get to know each other during the first months of them working for you, but during the interview do your best to see is the candidate what you and your business are looking for.

How To Onboard Your New Remote Graphic Designer

 

You selected your new remote graphic designer rockstar. Congratulations!

It’s time for the onboarding process.

During this process, it’s very important that you set clear expectations with your new team member to act as the foundation for a great working relationship.

Prepare the contract or agreement and make sure that you have clear, and precise information included like:

  • Salary details including how and when it will be paid
  • Holiday / Paid leave details
  • Sick leave details
  • Ways of working and your expectations
  • Cover these key points ahead of time to avoid future misunderstandings and frustration

Also, before your new employee starts working, decide together about payment methods for their salary. This is a complete story in itself because there are numerous options, so we covered it in a whole article that you can check out by clicking here.

Beside all these things, introduce your new employee to your team, get them familiar with your companies SOPs and ways of working.

Above all, remember to invest time in them if you want them to become a really great employee.

Got more questions about hiring remote workers? You can check out our FAQ here.

 

Summary

 

If you are running an online business, graphic designers are the right side of the brain for any company – creativity and imagination.

You can find remote designers all over the world so it’s important to choose the right place to find your own remote designer.

Take time to prepare a great job description and ensure you have the time to focus on the hiring process. Every hour invested in hiring the right person now will pay back again and again in the future.

Designers can make or break a business especially if you don’t have the eye for design yourself. Take the time and get the right help to get the right results for you and your business.

If you’re worried about managing the hiring process or having the time to invest, then take a look at our ‘Done For You’ service.

Our expert recruiters and hiring managers will handle it all for you, writing the job description, advertising for candidates, filtering/vetting, and fully testing them before delivering 2-3 fully great candidates ready for your final interview and selection.

Here at JobRack, we have hundreds of great graphic designers on our database. Whether you’re looking to manage the hiring process yourself or whether you’d like an expert hiring manager to handle it for you we can help.

JobRack job posts are just $149 and you can have your designer job post live in just a few minutes and getting quality applications within a few days. Click here to post your job now!

Our Done-For-You service starts from $1,500. Saving you over 40 hours of time and effort, we apply our expertise to find you the very best people for your role. Once fully tested, vetted and interviewed full details are provided ready for your final review and decision. Click here to learn more and book a free call to discuss!