In business, they say “time is money,” and hiring a new employee is a time-consuming process. The following ten steps are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to bringing aboard a new employee. Hiring managers must consider the following:
Step 1: Identify the need for a new hire
Step 2: Craft the perfect job description
Step 3: Post the opening on job boards
Step 4: Network, recruit, and advertise
Step 5: Review applications
Step 6: Interview candidates
Step 7: Make a decision
Step 8: Adjust the work environment to the new employee
Step 9: Adjust the new employee to their new work environment
Step 10: Reflect on the choice and possibly restart the process
To check off each step, a company looking to hire a new employee must set aside the time and resources. Here are some tips to help you and your company avoid spending too much time during the hiring process:
Tip #1 Use a Staffing Company
Staffing agencies specialize in the process of hiring. Leave it to the experts — they have the hiring process down to a tee. One advantage of working with a firm that specializes in hiring is gaining access to their valuable resources. Staffing firms use particular software, databases, and job boards meant for this. They also have the human capital to perform multiple in-depth screening processes. Working with an experienced staffing company reduces the likelihood that you will need to repeat the hiring process; preventing you from wasting additional time and effort so you can concentrate on other important deadlines.
Tip #2 Structure the Process
Like most successes, the hiring process too, needs structure. Take time to plan out each of the ten steps and consider any details in-between. A concise hiring process keeps the ball rolling in a clear direction for candidates and the hiring manager. Being organized goes further than just one hire. The time you put in early on will multiply in time saved later because you will have consistency. Preparation is key and sets up benchmarks to note what has worked well or what can be improved the next time around.
Tip #3 Improve Company Pages
Company pages are the first point of contact with any new business. The last thing you want to happen is losing an aspiring candidate who clicks on a broken link. This reflects poorly on the company and continues to waste both of your time. In addition to the functionality of the site, it is also useful to optimize career pages in other ways like:
- Making sure the page compatible with mobile devices
- Providing a video preview or images of the workplace
- Utilizing search engine optimization (SEO)
- Keeping buttons simple and to the point
- Linking social accounts i.e: LinkedIn or Instagram
- Considering website chatbots
Improving the site makes navigating easy and helps answer questions candidates might have beforehand — without the time-consuming hassle of back and forth communication.
Tip #4 Take Advantage of Technology
You can invest in the future of your company by staying up to date on technology. Having proper tools at your disposal can be costly and take time to learn — especially if you are not a staffing agency. However, once you cultivate skills, you will drastically improve your company’s organization and professionalism. Furthermore, instead of waiting for job seekers to come to you, put out a search for the perfect candidate. Post on social media and job boards like Indeed, LinkedIn, CareerBuilder, and Monster. The more you spread awareness about your opening, the better of a selection you can pick from, and the quicker you find qualified talent to hire.
Consider these four tips next time you need to hire a new employee and watch the process become more streamlined than ever.
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