As an employer, you know that hiring the best employees is key to your success. When the job market is booming, it's easy to find good candidates. However, it can be more difficult to locate and attract top talent in today's candidate short market.
Here are five tips for hiring staff in the current market
1. Respond to potential candidates ASAP
When candidates apply for a position, they usually do so at multiple companies. If they don't hear back from an employer in a timely manner, they may move on to another opportunity. When you're sent a potential candidate, respond with either an interview time or reject the candidate ASAP. If you're waiting 2/3 days to return, you're already on the back foot. Timely responses can help keep the recruitment process moving forward smoothly and efficiently.
2. Engage with a recruiter
Engaging with a professional recruiter can be extremely beneficial to ensure you find the most qualified candidates for your job openings. When you provide your recruiter with a comprehensive and accurate job description, they can better understand the scope of the role and the type of candidate you seek. This can save you time and energy in the long run, as you will not have to sift through resumes or interview candidates who are not a good fit for the position.
By working closely with a recruiter, you can develop a relationship that will be helpful when you need to hire more candidates in the future.
3. Lock in an interview with the candidate ASAP
If you're looking to lock in an interview with a candidate, it's important to act fast. Chances are, they're also waiting on times from other companies, so you'll want to get there first and become known for your urgency! This doesn't mean you should sacrifice quality for speed, however. Make sure you're still taking the time to review applications and compare candidates before scheduling the interview. But once you've found the right person for the job, don't hesitate to lock in that interview!
4. Provide feedback ASAP
It's important to provide feedback to candidates as soon as possible after an interview, even if they are unsuccessful. Candidates appreciate knowing where they stand, which also helps keep the recruitment process moving smoothly. If you're working with a recruiter, ensure they are getting feedback from the candidate immediately. This will help ensure a positive experience for the candidate and the recruitment team.
5. Make decisions quickly
Make the offer or reject the candidate. You'll leave the candidate feeling frustrated with the business if you take 2-3 weeks to make this decision and the business's brand is affected. The candidate will have already started looking at other offers, and if you're slow in making a decision, you may lose out on hiring that top talent.
URGENCY, URGENCY, URGENCY!
The businesses that are thriving in the current market and making hires are the ones that act fast! I'm not saying completely rush your decisions, but if you like someone, get back to them quickly, or somebody else will. If you're not keen, then let them know! Don't leave people wondering and waiting for weeks.
If you're a business currently acting fast but still seem to be struggling, then feel free to drop me a message or call me on 0438 456 082, and I'm happy to sit down, review your current recruitment process, provide feedback, and help put in place a more efficient process.