While no company is able to secure every top candidate who walks through their door, missing out on top talent could mean there is an issue within your hiring process. Job seekers who possess some of the most in-demand skills do not stay on the market for long, especially if they are passive candidates. A lengthy hiring process could mean outstanding resources get a job offer (or several) before you’ve even had a chance to toss your hat in the ring.
You can speed up your hiring experience by making a few small changes.
Communicate Early and Often
By taking the time to communicate with candidates, you can actually speed up your hiring experience.
While it may seem counterintuitive, opening the lines of communication early and staying in touch regularly throughout the process means you’re forging a connection with the job seeker. Plus, it gives you the perfect avenue for reaching out when something is required, like when you set an interview appointment or when references are needed.
By being communicative, it sets a strong tone to the candidate about your company culture and approach – candidates may even begin looking out for your messages and respond faster when you need them to. It also allows you to quickly answer any questions they may have so everyone has clear expectations along the way.
It may even help you with screening candidates as well, as those who are not quick to respond may not be as excited about the opportunity as they initially indicated.
Get Technology on Your Side
With so many HR platforms and applications specifically designed to ease the burden of managing candidates, it’s easy to overinvest in this area. While you do need a good solution, it’s wise to centralize your efforts into a minimum number of platforms. This allows for easier organization of job seeker information and lowers your administrative burden, especially when job seeker data must be transferred or manually entered into other pieces of software.
Additionally, you must regularly review your solution to determine if it is still ideal, based on your business needs. There are many solutions on the market today, but you must choose one that has the best feature set, even if that is not the one you currently use.
Candidates rely on smartphones for many job seeking activities and if your job site or application process isn’t mobile friendly, they may pass you by. Desktop pages on mobile screens are often shrunk down, rendering them nearly impossible to read, or require side-to-side scrolling which can be cumbersome. By making your application mobile friendly, you improve the candidate experience and will see more applicants.
Partner with an RPO Provider
Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) providers already have streamlined hiring processes in place thanks to their experience in the field. By partnering with an RPO provider, you gain the benefit of their knowledge, which can be finely tuned to meet your specific needs.
They focus solely on finding and referring candidates without being distracted by the other duties that hiring managers face.
If you don’t want to miss out on any more top talent, the professionals at Solving IT can help. Contact us to learn more about our hiring process tand see how our services can work for you.