Hiring the strongest possible candidates is of course your most important goal when filling open positions at your company. You don’t want to rush through the hiring process. If you do, you may end up selecting a candidate who isn’t the right fit.
That said, hiring and recruitment are expensive. Without sacrificing quality, you should look for ways you can go about this process more efficiently.
The following are key tips to keep in mind. use them to hire employees as efficiently as possible.
How to Find the Right Job Candidate Faster
Automate When Possible
Hiring managers and recruiters should regularly research innovations and tools they can use to automate key processes.
For example, in some instances, a candidate needs to meet certain specific requirements to qualify for a position. Maybe they need to have a specific certification in order to legally do the job. Thus, you could use an automation tool to immediately remove applications and resumes that don’t meet your criteria. This prevents you from wasting time reviewing applications that you’re inevitably going to reject.
Keep Old Applications
You can only choose one candidate for a given position in most cases. That means there have likely been times when a candidate who didn’t get the job offer would still have been a good fit, but fell a little short when compared to the candidate who eventually did get the job.
Such a candidate would likely be a good choice for a future vacancy. Knowing this, you could save time in hiring and recruitment by keeping a file of old applications from candidates who you may want to reconnect with in the future. When filling an open position, you might not need to look very hard to find the right person.
Write Specific, Detailed Job Descriptions
You need to strike the right balance when writing job descriptions. On the one hand, you don’t want to scare off potentially strong applicants by listing “requirements” that aren’t necessarily true requirements. Sometimes, a candidate who doesn’t meet all your criteria can stand out in another way.
However, a certain degree of detail and specificity is necessary when describing a position. You only want to attract applicants who have the proper qualifications. If your job descriptions are too vague, you’ll get applications from people who simply aren’t the right fit.
Consider instituting a referral program at your company. Odds are good your current employees are friends with others in the industry. That means they can help you hire the right candidate more quickly when jobs open up. To ensure your workers actually do make referrals, offer a bonus when a candidate an employee refers turns out to be the right person for the job. This may take the form of extra pay, extra time off, etc.
Saving time when hiring and recruiting candidates is key to saving money. Again, you definitely don’t want to cut corners if doing so would result in hiring the wrong applicant. That said, there are ways you can hire more efficiently while still choosing the perfect candidate at the end of the process.