How to Increase the Speed of Hiring Without Sacrificing Quality

By Jezabel Southard

Posted on May 26, 2017

Every day a position remains vacant in your organization, the company loses money. Work goes unfinished, and other people on the team sacrifice tasks they would have completed to “pitch in” on the essentials. Hire too quickly, however, and you risk hiring the wrong person—further damaging productivity and perhaps triggering the hiring cycle over again.

Here’s how to increase the speed of your hiring process without sacrificing quality:

Streamline the hiring workflow.

Begin by identifying places your hiring process appears to bog down or stall. Do resumes sit in your applicant tracking system for weeks after you’ve posted a job opening? Do meetings to plan panel interviews or discuss candidates get rescheduled repeatedly? Once you’ve found the biggest sticking points, focus on ways to fix the problem.

Working with a staffing firm can also streamline the hiring process. Your recruiter can tackle the task of reviewing resumes and contacting references, so that candidates recommended by your recruiter can go directly into the interview process.

Think about hiring from the candidate’s point of view.

Top candidates often disappear because the process takes too long. They’re offered another job before your company makes a decision, or the long period of “radio silence” causes them to lose interest. Work on designing a simpler hiring process by viewing it from the candidates’ perspective. For instance, it may be time to review how well your application system works for users, to freshen up your employment branding or to make the leap to mobile recruiting.

Limit decision makers.

Including people in the hiring process can boost quality. Panel interviews can help candidates and managers alike discover common ground across departments, while connecting candidates with a member of their new team can give them a clear view of the job demands and start their onboarding process before they are hired. The final decision, however, should be in the hands of very few decision makers. Ask for input from everyone, but leave one to three people to make the final call.

A fast hiring process will help contain your costs and help you fill your staffing need. Work with a recruiting specialist who can help source and vet top talent quickly. At TERRA Staffing, our recruiters can help you strike a balance between the speed of your hiring process and the quality of your new employees. Find one our branches today to learn more about our recruiting services.

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