Today, the number-one obstacle facing tech startups is a talent shortage. On average, a company seeking new IT talent spends up to 100 hours recruiting, screening, and hiring each new professional.
One hundred hours is a great deal of time – two and a half weeks of full-time work. But companies don’t have to invest this kind of time in order to find a great candidate. By employing a few simple methods, companies can improve the quality of their candidate pool and find the right people in less time. Here’s how:
- Leverage the power of referrals. Employee referrals can be gold when it comes to finding qualified candidates. Your best employees’ careers grow by connecting with other passionate, focused professionals in the field. This means that they know many qualified people who may also thrive within your company’s specific culture. Instead of drafting job postings or sending LinkedIn messages the old-fashioned way, connect with your employees when it comes time to fill a tech position.
- Improve your interview process. A streamlined interview process leads hiring managers to better candidates, provides more information on which to base confident decisions, and ensures that offers are extended to top candidates before they accept jobs at competing companies. Streamline your interview process by training hiring managers in interview techniques and tailoring questions to the demands of the job your candidates will be asked to perform.
- Work with your recruiter. Your staffing partner specializes in connecting qualified IT professionals to the companies that need them. When you communicate openly and often with your recruiter, you have the chance to provide insight into your company’s needs and culture, as well as to provide feedback on your recruiter’s efforts to find the right people for your organization. Talk to your staff to create a detailed job description that focuses on exactly what the new team member needs to accomplish, and forward it to your recruiter along with materials that describe your company’s culture and goals. Your recruiter will share these with promising candidates and use them to help you develop a strategic staffing plan that thinks long-term.
At TERRA Staffing, our experienced recruiters in Washington and Oregon brought home the Best of Staffing – Client Satisfaction award in 2014, demonstrating our commitment to finding the right people for our clients. Contact us today to how we can put this to use finding you top talent.