There are a lot of factors that go into making a company successful, from financial decisions to services offered. But, as anyone who has run a business knows, the people who work there are the lifeblood of any company. That is why one of the most important, yet woefully underrated, aspects of a business is the proper focus on recruiting and hiring.
But even when you realize the importance of proper recruiting practices, how do you make sure that you are attracting and cultivating the very best talent? Too many companies are burdened by ineffective hiring processes, which can often end up being long, financially inefficient, or fail at attracting employees that elevate the company. Whether it is a sudden need for bulk hiring, high employee turnover or a company that is filled with the wrong people, a large portion of any failing business’ problems come down to inefficient hiring.
So how do you rectify this problem—or better yet, tackle it before it becomes one? Here are four effective tricks for efficient hiring.
1. Perfect the Process
At any given company, each position is as unique as the person who fills it. However, that does not mean that you cannot use time and experience to cultivate and perfect a hiring process that works for everyone. In fact, the process that you are using for recruiting, hiring, and onboarding the best talent could be the factor that makes or breaks your company in the upcoming years.
Here are a few tips for streamlining your hiring and onboarding:
Create or utilize a unified system
A surprising amount of time and energy is wasted in companies that are not using a single network for all departments and candidates. Using multiple systems results in miscommunication, extra work, and inefficient processes.
This does not mean taking the personal touch out of onboarding, rather that the process will become more efficient, and the needs of will stop falling through the cracks.
Embrace social and mobile
Social media is where a large portion of jobs are filled these days, and you need to make sure that your hiring process is compatible with all large social networks and mobile devices.
2. Improve Your Pool
If you are consistently missing out on the best talent, there is a good chance that it is because your candidate pool is either too shallow or you are looking in the wrong place altogether. Luckily, it is not difficult to both widen and elevate your candidate pool. Here are some ways in which you can do just that.
Avoid overly strict automated systems
It can be difficult to sift through dozens or even hundreds of candidates, so it is understandable that many bigger companies turn to automated systems to exclude certain resumes. However, if you do use one of these, it is important to make sure that the criteria are not too strict (especially in the wrong places) or you may miss out on some quality talent.
Cultivate relationships with Universities
Specifically, spend time developing relationships with placement offices and heads of departments in order to scout the best talent.
Encourage current employees to become involved in networking and recruiting
The best candidates are likely to come via recommendations from people who are already working with you. Encourage your employees to become involved in recruiting people who they think would fit well at the company.
Scout out potential candidates online
If you only hire candidates who specifically apply to your postings, you are also missing out on an array of top talent. Take some time to scout out potential candidates online who may not even be looking for a job.
Again, embrace social media
One of the best places to find these candidates is through social media. Social media is a force to be reckoned with in modern recruitment, and a company which does not embrace it will feel the negative effects of that decision. Be active in recruiting on social media.
3. Become an Attractive Place to Work
Many companies find that when they put the emphasis on becoming a fun and fulfilling place to work, the task of hiring top talent starts to take care of itself. If you have not already, introduce a focus on making sure that every employee—at every level—is both satisfied and engaged at work. This will not only show through to potential recruits from the outside, but encourage high retention, and referrals from employees to fill open positions.
4. Hire a Staffing Agency
Of course, one way to accomplish effective hiring is to turn to a company that does it professionally. This is a particularly helpful option to a company that finds itself growing at a rapid pace and in sudden need of a high number of new employees. While cultivating your own process may take some time, staffing agencies already know the key to staffing efficiently, they have access to all of the best candidates, and they can get the job done twice as fast. For more information on how a staffing agency can help, you can read about it here.
If you are able to implement some, if not all, of these tricks, you will find that over time you will build the company you desire—and one that is bound to succeed.