11 Recruitment Strategies and Best Practices You Need to Succeed
1. Have Patience
Patience may sound like the opposite of what you need as you try to rapidly scale up your workforce. But anything worth doing is worth doing right. When you rush the hiring process and hire the first candidates to apply without thoroughly reviewing applications and taking time to assess candidates’ skills, your hiring strategy becomes a short-term fix rather than a long-term solution. Slow down and allow enough time for a comprehensive hiring process — it will simplify onboarding and increase employee retention.
2. Beware of Bias
Diversity in hiring remains a hot topic across the US (and around the world). 76% of job-seekers and employees say workforce diversity is a critical factor when evaluating employment options, and 32% say they wouldn’t apply to positions at a company that lacks diversity. Companies with a diverse workforce have a higher cash flow per employee, higher profits and a better chance of capturing new markets. Ensure all candidates undergo consistent screening processes aimed at discerning their knowledge, skills and experience relative to the position you’re hiring for.
3. Communicate Your Company Culture
Candidates are evaluating you while you evaluate them. Best hiring practices, regardless of how many people you need to bring on, include communicating your company culture to potential employees. A failure to establish your brand, culture and core values can leave more qualified candidates (who are more likely to have other options) disengaged during the selection process. Use social media platforms and “day in the life of” videos to help potential staffers envision themselves working with your organisation.
4. Explore Diverse Recruitment Channels
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5. Promote Flexible Work Options
Where available, offering flexible work arrangements can significantly impact both recruitment and retention efforts, providing a crucial edge in today’s job market. Flexible work options enable employees to better harmonize their professional and personal lives, mitigating stress and preventing burnout. This equilibrium plays a pivotal role in fostering employee well-being and overall job satisfaction.
Emphasizing flexible work arrangements not only attracts top talent but also retains it. In a competitive labor market, this benefit can serve as a crucial differentiator for organizations striving to secure and retain skilled individuals.
6. Leverage Rediscovery and Returnship
Don’t overlook great candidates that might be right under your nose.
Review your database of candidates to identify previous candidates that might be good fits for the role you’re trying to fill. Look for potential hires who were qualified but not the first choice for previous hiring rounds, or candidates who accepted other roles during the recruitment process
Always consider existing staff before looking outside your organisation. Make sure your employees have a clear path for advancement — they may be able to contribute more to the company than they do in their current roles.
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7. Maintain Your Database
It won’t be easy to examine your database of previous candidates or existing employees if your candidate database isn’t well organised. Clean and update your database regularly to maintain a list of potential candidates for the future.
8. Build a Candidate-Centric Process
An unpleasant or inefficient hiring process isn’t just an inconvenience for your organisation. Candidates will abandon an application if the process takes too long or if they don’t hear from you regularly — and they won’t keep quiet about it. To succeed, your hiring strategy must offer candidates a positive experience:
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9. Leverage Data and Analytics
10. Streamline the Application Process
Simplicity in the application process can significantly impact candidate engagement and conversion rates. A user-friendly process not only encourages applications but also reflects positively on your organization’s brand and candidate experience.
Lengthy or complex procedures often deter potential candidates, highlighting the importance of a straightforward process to maintain candidate engagement and bolster your organization’s brand perception. By optimizing the application journey, even if your company doesn’t offer the role, you provide a positive experience, reinforcing your commitment to a hassle-free and candidate-centric approach.
11. Embrace Automation
Automation is not a new concept in the business world, and it can make managing your recruitment process easier and reduce time, cost and risk of human error in your hiring process.
The pandemic, rising demand for remote or hybrid work models and the Great Resignation have left hiring teams facing unprecedented challenges, and many are embracing automation tools to streamline recruiting while maintaining best hiring practices. 55% of human resources professionals report their organisations have increased investments in HR technology.
Streamline your recruiting strategy with automated tools that let you:
Once your needs are defined, programmatic recruiting solutions can aggregate data and target your searches in real time to collect quality applications from a segment as broad or as niche as you need. And, if you choose a solution with a pay-per-application fee structure, you pay for quality returns with a reduced risk of your recruitment ad budget being gutted by bots.
You save time and money, increase your reach in a global job market and free your team to focus on what they do best — working with people.
Optimise Recruiting Strategies with Hirematic
The challenges associated with hiring new employees are here to stay, but these recruiting best practices can help you remove roadblocks and ensure you’re recruiting the right people for your organisation.
The experts at Hirematic have developed an intelligent recruitment marketing solution that leverages artificial intelligence and automation to improve the quality of your applicant pool while optimising your recruiting spend. Contact our team to see how Hirematic’s programmatic solution can work for you.