When the economy was sluggish and the hiring pool large, employers had more time with the recruiting process and more options. Because of this, time-to-hire windows grew to inflated levels for many companies. Glassdoor.com found that the average interview time frame was as long as 23 days in recent years. However, that is set to change.
As the economy picks up, time-to-hire windows are shrinking. Employers must act quickly in the recruiting process to connect with top talent — before their competitors do.
The following are six tips for streamlining the hiring and recruiting process while still connecting with the best candidates:
1. Combine Quantity with Quality
Instead of spending a lot of time early in the recruiting process with just a few candidates, employers should do brief pre-hire assessments with a large number of applicants, then narrow it down to the ones who are the most promising. Additional time can then be spent with these individuals. The pre-hire assessment should be highly focused and take no more than 30 minutes.
2. Brand Your Workplace
Employers that connect with the top talent tend to have a reputation for being an appealing and desirable place to work. Investing time and effort into marketing the workplace and all its strong suits is often time well spent. This can be done easily and affordably via social media. Today’s workers appreciate cooperative cultures, flexible schedules and an eco-friendly ethos.
3. Use Social Media Screening
Sometimes a look at the LinkedIn, Facebook and other social media profiles of a candidate can assist with rapid pre-screening before the interview phase of the recruiting process. However, employers should take care to do this consistently with each candidate.
4. Recorded Interviews
A current trend that can help streamline the hiring process is online recorded interviews. Having candidates answer questions through an interface that records their answers doesn’t require an interviewer to be present. If the candidate passes this phase, they may then asked to attend an in-person interview.
5. Use Professional Employment Screening
A professional employment screening service is essential for eliminating untrustworthy candidates and bypassing those who could become a liability.
6. Find the Right Hiring Manager
Employers should also consider who is doing the hiring and how efficient and effective they have been. Possible parameters to consider might be first-year turnover rates and employee engagement among the individuals they have hired.
As the economy improves and the talent pool shrinks, top candidates won’t wait around through a lengthy recruiting process and background screening. Employers can use these six tips to streamline their approach and connect with the best workers possible.
Disclaimer Statement: All information presented is never intended as legal advice and is for information purposes only.