According to one recent study, 35 to 50 percent of job offers to top candidates are turned down. When a “thanks, but no thanks” comes at the end of a lengthy recruitment process, hiring managers may have to start from scratch – facing high costs in time, money, and frustration.
One of the main reasons candidates turn down job offers is because the recruiting process takes too long. The longer the process drags on, the more likely it is the candidate will receive a solid offer from another organization or even from their current employer.
Shortening the hiring process increases your chances of securing your first-choice candidate. It also saves your organization time, money, and energy. Here are some ways to streamline recruitment and improve the results of your candidate hunt:
- Know what you want. The clearer you are with respect to the candidates you want, the easier it is to find them. Before starting the search, consult with managers and co-workers to create a detailed profile of the sort of person best suited to the position. Include core competencies, experience, and other requirements, as well as “wish-list” items that would set the candidate who has them apart from the pack.
- Use prescreening. Prescreening allows you to pare down the candidate pool quickly, focusing your attention only on the most promising candidates. Consider using resumes, reference checks, and other recruitment tools to prescreen before you schedule interviews.
- Apply automated assessments. Automated assessments can be a great tool for identifying the most promising candidates in the pack. They can also help supplement interviews by addressing basic questions, allowing interviewers to focus on specific answers or in-depth issues when talking to candidates.
- Work with a recruiter. A recruiter with expertise in your industry can shorten the hiring process by prescreening the candidate pool, matching good candidates with the job requirements, and helping your organization ensure that the salary and benefits offered are genuinely competitive within the industry.
At TERRA Staffing, our experienced recruiters have helped many companies find and keep top-quality candidates. We can help you shorten the hiring process, increasing your chances that your first-choice candidate will choose you as well. Contact us today to learn more!