How to improve recruiting efforts: 5 tips for better efficiency
For some small or midsize companies who are busy with their day-to-day operations, recruiting often gets pushed to the back burner. Others are constantly recruiting but seeing lackluster results. Either way, a course correction is needed, especially in a tight labor market.
Whether you’re an in-house recruiter or work independently, you may be wondering how to improve your recruiting efforts to more expediently hire in-demand talent. Here are five ways to reduce your time to recruit and fulfill your company’s hiring needs more efficiently.
1. Streamline your hiring process
A great place to start in improving your recruiting efforts is to eliminate steps from your hiring process that slow down your time to hire. Here are three ways to do so:
Reduce the number of decision-makers . Make a list of everyone who is currently involved in hiring for the position and remove half of them. Here’s why: companies take way too long to hire employees. During that time, candidates often receive and accept job offers elsewhere.
Eliminate steps. Does your hiring process require that you interview a minimum of three candidates prior to extending an offer, even if the first candidate you interview is the perfect match? If so, update your interview process to better mirror the realities of today’s landscape.
Check references sooner. Do you wait until everyone has agreed on the candidate who will be given an offer, prior to checking references? If so, consider checking references for all of your top applicants so you can extend an offer to your first choice right on the spot.
This approach will significantly reduce your time to hire and more importantly, dramatically increase the odds of your first choice candidate accepting your job offer.
2. Amplify your employee referral program
Current employees can be a great way to source candidates, especially since they have a sense of the company culture and what it takes to succeed there. Offer employees the opportunity to receive a bonus when they refer a candidate who is hired.
When programs like these are first introduced, participation levels are off the charts. But as time marches on, so does the thrill. So, even if you already have an employee referral program, now’s the time to turn up the volume and get employees excited about it again. Here are some ways to do this:
Increase monetary awards. You may need to do this more than once, until you get a sense of the threshold that gets people to take action.
Keep referrals top of mind. Openly acknowledge those who’ve received awards.
Think of other rewards. Offer contests, such as a drawing to win a trip or the latest tech gadget. Every qualified referral provides the employee another chance to win.
3. Gain commitment from your hiring managers
Often, a qualified candidate will apply for a job and is excited to receive an interview request soon after. But then, after several attempts to follow up and schedule an interview, the candidate never hears back. Discouraged, they move on to other employers who appear to be more committed to filling their open positions.
Remember, part of the job of a recruiter is to educate hiring managers as to the roles that both the recruiter and the hiring manager will play and what is expected of them. Gently remind the hiring manager of their commitment to getting candidates in the door as quickly as possible.
4. Tap into your social networks
It can certainly be helpful to stir up interest on social media for recruiting passive candidates. But don’t underestimate the importance of more traditional tactics and socializing in real-time. Membership in an organization is a good first step toward figuring out how to improve your recruiting efforts and increasing your social network.
Identify two or three industry-specific associations where candidates of interest typically gather. See if you can join these associations or attend meetings with someone in your organization who is already a member. Consider joining your local Chamber of Commerce or Rotary Club to hear about hiring needs. Volunteer to participate or lead a committee to be helpful and increase your visibility.
5. Look inside your organization for talent
Recruiting is so competitive these days, but it doesn’t have to be. Try looking within your own organization prior to going outside to fill a position. After all, your own employees already know what it’s like to work for your company. If they perform well, they’ve already proven they are a good fit for your company culture.
Scan performance appraisal data to see who in the organization may be a good match for the position you need to fill. Check your hiring process to determine next steps in approaching internal candidates who are worth further consideration.
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