Could there be anything more tedious in the HR department than recruiting? Probably, but recruiting is still tedious enough. It seems like it takes an insurmountable amount of effort just to bring in a small number of top-notch candidates worth interviewing. Can anything be done to change the dynamic?
Certain aspects of recruiting are what they are. For example, you have to take advantage of as many resources as possible to get the widest range of candidates. Yet there are additional things you can do to enhance the recruiting process. Five of them are discussed below.
1. Don't Beat Around the Bush
If you think recruiting is tedious for the HR department, put yourself in the job seeker's shoes. Going through page after page of job listings can be more tedious than doing your taxes. A big contributor to this tedium is job listings that don't get to the point. They beat around the bush, using hundreds of words to express what could be easily said in a few dozen.
Make sure your job listings are clear, concise, and to the point. Let applicants know exactly what you are looking for and what they can expect from the job on a daily basis. Do so with a commitment to brevity, understanding that candidates hate wading through long-winded job descriptions that don't say much.
2. Minimize the Application Process
Just as job postings can be long-winded and meaningless, it's possible to have an application process with a lot of unnecessary steps. A long and drawn out application process is one of the fastest ways to chase prospective candidates away. They understand that jumping through hoops to apply likely means jumping through even more hoops after hire.
Help yourself and job seekers by minimizing the application process. Make it as easy, quick, and painless as possible. Doing so will ultimately mean more quality candidates to choose from.
3. Hire for Careers
Many employers fall into the trap of filling empty positions. That's the wrong way to look at it. Recruiting is not about putting warm bodies in cold spaces; it's about offering career opportunities. As such, commit to hiring for careers rather than just filling empty positions.
How does this help recruiting? By changing the recruiter's mindset. Hiring for careers means recruiters have to do more than explain what a job requires. Recruiters also have to explain just what their jobs offer in relation to career development.
4. Utilize Applicant Tracking
Technology can enhance recruiting significantly when you employ an applicant tracking system. This is a system that leverages data mining and analysis to streamline the initial stages of recruiting. A good system matches candidates to appropriate jobs. It tracks a candidate's progress through the system to increase speed and efficiency.
Most important, applicant tracking is largely automated. Less human interaction in the early stages of recruiting makes for a more efficient system all the way around.
5. Evaluate Work Samples
Recruiting in the 21st century is more about matching skillsets with jobs rather than hiring candidates based on academic accomplishments and resume histories. As such, you can enhance your recruiting efforts by evaluating work samples alongside qualifications.
To make it work, candidates submit a portfolio of 'case studies' from past jobs and non-work experiences. The idea is to submit a portfolio that paints a clearer picture of the candidates’ abilities, a picture that cannot be painted with resume information alone.
Recruiting looks a lot different today than it did even a decade ago. It is a new era, and there are new and better recruiting strategies. Is your company utilizing them?