Recruiting is an expensive, time consuming, and overall difficult process that most organisations would rather skip. Because of the difficult nature of employee recruitment, it is prudent for organisations to ensure that they only need to do it as few times as possible.
The way to ensure that you recruit as few times as possible is to make sure that when you do recruit, you bring in the right candidates and then make sure that you don’t lose them once you bring them in. In this post we shall be looking at the former: how to make sure that your recruiting drive is successful and brings in high-quality candidates.
- Enlarge your candidate pool when hiring. Generally, the more candidates you have to pick from, the higher your chances of landing the right fit. So make sure to expand your reach as much as possible to attract as many applicants as you can. You can use online job boards, university placement offices, executive search firms, recruiters, social media and/or professional magazines and websites to find the kind of candidates you are looking for.
- Go for the sure thing. Where possible, you should always hire the candidate who has had the same “exact” job in the same industry, and who worked in your particular business climate and for a company with a culture quite similar to yours. This way the candidates you hire will be proven winners and can hit the ground running without requiring lengthy adjustment procedures.
- Prioritise internal recruitment. Before you start looking outside the organisation for talent, make sure to examine your current staff first to find out whether there is a good fit you can promote or move laterally. By posting your jobs internally first, you get a chance to hire someone that has background knowledge of your business and who is already familiar with how things work.
- Build your employer brand. To attract the best candidates out there you must have a positive reputation as an employer. This means that in addition to current and previous employees saying good things about you, you’ll also need to let people know that you’re a great employer. Implement sound employee retention practices, motivate your employees and keep them engaged and satisfied to make yourself an employer of choice. This will have your employees bragging about the place they work – which is a good thing.
- Collaborate with your employees when hiring. There’re three ways to involve your employees in the recruitment process. These are:
- Asking them for recommendations when searching for candidates.
- Assisting you in reviewing the resumes.
- And assisting you interview candidates to find the right fit for your company.
Your current employees are one of your best assets, so always seek their input when you want to hire new staff. Plus it makes them more committed to helping the new hire succeed as they participated in the recruitment process – which can only be good.
- Pay well than your competitors. Just like in other areas of life, you also get what you pay for when it comes to the job market. Do some research in your local job market to find out how other companies in your industry are paying their staff, then pay higher than average salaries in order to attract and retain amazing employees. Plus with a competitive pay, your employees feel appreciated which motivates them and makes them more productive.
Every organisation trying to improve its recruitment strategies has to start somewhere. The tactics detailed above should give you a great place to start when you want to start consistently recruiting the best employees.
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