How to Prioritize Recruiting to Get the Best Results

By Jezabel Southard

Posted on February 27, 2015

Many companies that choose a staffing firm do so because they’re overwhelmed. They need top talent, but they’re not sure where to look. When they find good candidates, selling them on the job offer seems an impossible task. Needs pile up, and the recruiting budget never seems large enough to cover them all.

If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. The good news is that your recruiter can help. Not only do staffing firms help reduce the “load” on hiring managers by pre-screening candidates and making strategic staffing plans, but a good staffing partner will also help your company prioritize its recruiting to improve its own hiring process and decision making as well. Here’s where to start:

Know how you’re measuring success.

To know where your best candidates are coming from, you need to have a way to measure “best.” Recruiting metrics will help you keep track of both the number and quality of responses from traditional job ads, employee referrals, recruiter referrals, and other sources. And don’t hesitate to keep track of what makes the top candidates “top” in hiring managers’ minds. Do they share a core set of competencies? Do they approach their work in similar ways? What transferable skills do they possess?

Know your company’s keys.

What are the organization’s key business units or departments? Its key products? Its key managers or key positions? What essential or “key” skills does the company need now, and which ones is it likely to need in the near future, when currently essential staff retire or are promoted to new positions?

No company can prioritize effectively until it knows what items should appear at the top of the list. When you know what matters most, you can begin to focus recruiting efforts on ensuring that key departments have the people they need, key products are created and marketed effectively, and staff have the core competencies they need to do their jobs well – and to make effective future leaders.

Streamline the hiring process.

Top candidates often fall off the hiring list because another job offer came through the door first. When priorities are in order, a company can streamline its hiring to secure top candidates for itself in less time. Talk to your staffing firm about the best ways to make the hiring process a proactive, moving force to improve your company.

At TERRA Staffing, our experienced recruiters strive to make the most of our relationships with our clients, so you get the best candidates every time. Contact us today to learn more.

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