If you’ve become increasingly frustrated with the pool of applicants that seem to be available in your area, you might be surprised to learn that it’s more of an internal problem.
Sure, geographic location and demographics have a lot to do with the available workforce, but with the right attitude and procedures in place, you’ll find it much easier to find the right employees right off the bat.
And that’s exactly what we’re going to explore in today’s post.
Here are a few crucial tips you’ll want to implement right away to improve your hiring process.
Look at company culture
Before you start looking for the best employees, ask yourself why the best employees would want to come work for you. Does your company have a good reputation in its industry? Are you doing innovative things and focused on employee growth?
If you’re unsure how to answer these questions, poll your employees anonymously. Let them tell you exactly how they feel about your company and leadership. Be prepared for some harsh truths, and probably some unreasonable criticisms too. But the harsh truths are the ones you need to work on. If a few people are saying the same thing, you may have to accept it as reality. This may be something to work on.
Because let’s face it. If you don’t have happy employees, you’re not going to have happy new hires. And this reduces your chances of getting and keeping the best talent.
Review your benefits package
If you want to recruit the best talent, you’re going to want the best offer (or at least something close). So do some competitive research to see what others in your industry are offering. And instead of meeting it, beat it.
Go one step further than the most competitive package (within reason) and you shouldn’t have trouble attracting qualified applicants. Instead of scouring the web for qualified people, they’ll be beating your door down.
Standardize the application process
You probably already have a standard application for all employees to complete. But you may save yourself some time and frustration by asking for a standard resume format. For example, if you ask for all resumes to be chronological, you’ll find it much easier to skim through and find the information you need in a stack of applications.
Rely on AI
Technology touches all areas of our lives, and so it should come as no surprise that Artificial Intelligence (AI) has infiltrated the recruiting process too. Artificial-Intelligence-based systems can help screen and identify potential candidates based on a complex set of criteria you control. When the computer can do the work for you, you’re free to handle more important things, like shaping up your company culture.
Write better job descriptions
If you want to attract the right candidates for your job, it’s a good idea to make that job as clear as possible. This means writing out the responsibilities, mandatory qualifications and any relevant information about the company.
You’ll want to keep it as concise as possible while including all relevant information. Unfortunately, busy job seekers don’t have a lot of time to study job postings. This is why bulleted lists usually work well.
The recruiting and hiring process can be a bit overwhelming, but when you get recruiting right, the hiring and onboarding processes go much more smoothly.
Maintain a clear vision of what you want to accomplish with each new hire and rely on technology to help you achieve your goals. Your new hires will appreciate the organization and you’ll likely reduce turnover, which will keep you from having to hire more often than necessary.