Hiring is not easy, especially if you’re not sure where to find the right candidates. Being able to hire the right person for the job that you have is crucial, but running an efficient hiring process is going to help you get there. The longer it takes you to fill a role, the more it’s going to cost you over time because everybody knows that hiring costs way more than retention. Apart from the expenses that are directly associated with advertising for a job and then training and choosing the right candidate, you need to ensure that you are doing everything possible so that this is a one-and-done situation. You don’t want to have to hire somebody, only to have to start the process all over again, for example.
You might choose to run criminal background checks and given that 42% of businesses think people with criminal records are less dependable than other employees, it might be imperative to the role that you have that you know exactly who you are hiring. Improving that hiring process and making it more efficient and faster is going to help you streamline everything that you do. Let’s discuss some of the ways that you can streamline this process and make it easier.
- Use an applicant tracking system. You are always going to benefit from good technology in your business, and an applicant tracking system is going to help you to track the candidates that you find during and after the process of hiring. These systems can automatically rank candidates based on their skills and experience, so you won’t have to manually sift through every single resume that hits your desk. It will make screening easier and it will help you to store candidate information to match them to jobs that you might have in the future.
- Focus on your job description. If you want to bring in the right people, then you need to make sure that your job description is not as vague as others. Adding necessary details to the job description will always narrow down the talent pool. You should also always post the salary of the role that you are hiring for because if you don’t, you’re going to be wasting people’s time because there is no point in anybody calling a company to find out the salary or the compensation package for a role without them looking like they just care about the money. However, money is important and you should know that as a recruiter.
- Stay communicative with your candidates. If you want to be more efficient with your hiring process, don’t make people wait for weeks in between. The worst thing for a candidate is being in suspended limbo, waiting to hear back from an employer, especially if they have more than one job offer on the table.
- Promote from within. A good way to improve your hiring process is to look at the people that you’ve got and start promoting from within the business. It’s a far more efficient way of hiring because you already know that they know your business inside and out.