As the old saying goes, time is money. The hiring process can take a lot of your company’s resources, but it’s important to get it right. One of the best ways to speed up the process is to stop wasting time on the wrong candidates. Here are some tips.
How Can You Stop Wasting Time on the Wrong Candidates?
Find the Middle Ground
Skip over candidates that are obviously weak. Chronic job hoppers, those with a lot of unexplained gaps on their resumes, and even those who don’t bother to customize their resume and cover letter are generally not worth your efforts.
But it’s generally not worth seeking out the absolute top tier either unless you have something very compelling to offer. The best of the best are often flooded with offers and could be difficult to recruit.
Instead, focus on candidates who have the skills and experience you need but are not necessarily stars. Look for qualities such as loyalty, persistence, and creative thinking. Also, consider how a particular candidate would fit into your existing company culture.
Learn What They Want
Consider a short prequalification survey that, among other things, asks where candidates see themselves in two years. This can help you determine whether the role is right for a particular individual. If you hire someone who wants something very different than what you have to offer, you’ll only find yourself looking for a replacement soon.
Allocate Your Resources
Track candidates throughout the recruiting process to learn your success rates with various talent levels and types of job hunters. Then you can spend your time and money on those you are most likely to actually hire. Also, track the performance of new hires over the first six months to see if you are hiring the right candidates or if you need to further tweak your processes.
Consider a Staffing Agency
If your team is already stretched thin, adding on hiring a new employee could simply be too much. A staffing agency such as Pirate Staffing can help. We can provide you with a short list of highly motivated, fully vetted candidates who are a good fit for your team.
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