Many things about hiring have changed over the past few decades, but the basics of recruitment have stayed the same. Recruitment breaks down to a few steps: job posting, application sorting, interviewing, reference checking, onboarding. While this general dynamic isn’t expected to hit the scrap heap necessarily, many employers are starting to see some major holes in the system that affect the quality of hire.
There are a few modern recruitment techniques that some employers are adding to ensure a better fit and improved retention. Consider integrating the following into your 2019 recruitment system.
It seems so obvious when you think about it, but every candidate should have to prove that he or she can do the job before actually being offered the job. Depending on the industry and the specifics of the job tasks, job previews may be a few minutes at an actual work station, a submission of whatever type of work will be done, or a virtual simulation. Job previews can quickly sort out who’s exaggerating on their resume.
Sitting down in an office and grilling candidates using the same old tired questions is simultaneously nerve wracking and boring for both candidates and interviewers. Some employers have started to take candidates on lunch or dinner interviews, even encouraging candidates to have a drink and talk a little less formally. Job interviews may also be more active or involve engaging with a group, depending on what the interviewer is hoping to find out about character and abilities.
While video interviews aren’t necessarily new, they can be used to make the interview more complex. Candidates may be encouraged to make a video explaining the concepts of a task they completed for a previous relevant job or show some work that they have done. This can show tech savvy, personality, communication skills, and job skills in just a few minutes.
Better Sourcing Targeting
Sourcing is an important part of recruitment and it’s difficult to get just right. Placing job advertisements on sites like Indeed, Glassdoor, and Monster will help put your advertisement in front of those in your local area that are actively searching for a job. What about those passive job seekers, though?
Social media has helped employers reach passive job seekers without annoying uninterested candidates with email blasts. Simply posting job ads to the wide world on popular social sites isn’t the best that you can do, though.
Sites like LinkedIn can help you to better target candidates that may be interested in the specific job that you’re hiring for. Even Facebook and Instagram can provide insights that may help you to reach out to passive candidates that you would love to have working for you. In this way, you can save time sorting through less interesting resumes and cut straight to those talented professionals that have a presence in your field.
If you would like to bring your recruitment up to speed, applicant tracking system (ATS) software may help you. Video interviewing, smart sourcing, and automated applicant tracking can keep your hiring process organized and streamlined so that you are free to focus on the tasks that are best completed by a human. For help finding the right ATS software for your organization, visit our vendor matching page today.