FindItMore | Hiring is a very crucial HR function. Recruiting a good employee pays you back for the time and efforts involved. Whereas, bad hires can ruin the company culture. Hiring inappropriate resources results in not only a financial loss, but also the loss of time and energy invested.
We have therefore created a list of few important tips (best practices) to remember while recruiting candidates.
- Define the job role well (job analysis)
Prepare a job analysis first before starting the hiring process. A job analysis involves collecting information on responsibilities, skills, outcomes and work environment of a particular job.
The data collected can then be used in preparing the job description. The job description helps you prepare a suitable hiring strategy and recruit the right candidate.
- Pre-screen candidates
Pre-screening candidate profiles will save you a lot of interviewing time. You can conduct small telephonic interviews at the initial stage to get to know which candidates are more suitable for the required job.
A social media check will also be helpful in assessing a candidate’s social skills, whether he’ll be fit for your company culture or not.
The pre-screening process will filter the candidates for the further recruitment process, like personal interview, assignments, etc.
- Make use of your website for recruiting
Do you have a ‘Careers’ or ‘Work with us’ page on your website? If yes, then post your active job openings there. Some candidates directly come through the company website. On this page, you have the space to ‘sell’ your company’s mission, vision and values.
Don’t just post dry job descriptions, instead make the page interesting by showing off how you’re a great employer. The employee should be attracted to join the company after looking at the company culture and job description.
- Be an organization which everybody wants to join
Be a great place to work, a company which employees are proud to be associated with. If you have happy employees, they will brag about your company culture to outsiders. People will believe them more than any advertising campaign and will be eager to join you.
Review your employee practices for retention, motivation, accountability, reward, recognition, flexibility, promotion and involvement. These are the factors for becoming an employer of choice.
- Look for candidates internally first
Whenever you have an upcoming job opening, first post it within the company, so that internal employees can apply. Why not explore the internal pool of talent available, rather than evaluating external candidates?
Providing lateral and upward movements to current employees boosts their morale. It makes them feel that their capabilities and accomplishments are appreciated.
- Make use of social media channels
Did you know that you can make use of popular social media channels to find potential candidates? Recruiters are looking for a better pool of candidates outside of job portals. Social media platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter are used for finding a diverse candidate pool with all the information needed.
LinkedIn is the first choice of recruiters to recruit using social media since it is a professional platform providing full professional information about the candidates.
Other social media channels like Facebook, Instagram, etc can also be used in many ways for recruitment.
- Involve your employees in the hiring process
Your employees can recommend excellent candidates to the firm. Ask for references from existing employees. Also, reward them if their references get selected. It will motivate them and make them feel a part of the hiring process.
Your employees can also help you interview people to assess their potential skills and whether they will fit within your company. People who participate in the selection process are dedicated to helping the new employees.
- Check background and references
Background checks are critical while hiring. Before giving the final offer, do a quick check if the experience and educational qualifications mentioned in the CV are correct. People often lie about and exaggerate their experience or qualification just to secure a job with a decent package.
You cannot afford to make a poor hiring decision, because one bad hire can make the difference between success and failure. Background checks protect your company by cutting down on bad hiring decisions.
- Pay better than your competition
What will you do to attract the best talent in the industry? Pay them well, correct? If you want the best candidates to join your company and not the competitors, obviously you’ll have to pay them better.
You’ll meet fellow entrepreneurs giving you tips to get hold of talented candidates at cheap salaries. Yes, you can take advantage of their situation, like moving to a new city or looking for a career break in a new profile. However, they will switch as soon as they get a better offer.
If you want to attract and retain the best people, be ready to reward them well.
Getting the right candidate on board takes a significant amount of time and energy. However, it’s all worth when you get it. The list on hiring tips can be endless. Follow our proven best practices and see the results yourself.