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How to Improve your Hiring Process

6 Dec 2017

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People are vital to the success of any business. So executing the right hiring strategy is everything. From job descriptions to ads through to offers, the hiring process is time-consuming and people-heavy, often using up more resources than necessary. At Create + Adapt we’re all about making great things happen quickly.

Check out our four quick fixes to ensure a smooth and efficient hiring process, guaranteed to secure the right people for your team.

1. Make the most of tech.

What was once a small pool of candidates is now a deep ocean. So finding the right candidate can often feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. Applicant Tracking Systems of yesteryear no longer cut the mustard, but recruitment technology such as Recruitee or Workable are allowing us to navigate the vast ocean with more efficiency.  These tools integrate job boards with talent pools allowing you to digitally multi-task, as well as providing transparency between hiring managers and their talent team.

At Create + Adapt we love anything that will let us get things done fast and efficiently. Not to mention, we’ve mastered our way around great employer branding too. Our partners at Recruitee offer a super clean interface and a whole suite of integrated products; employer branding, job promotion, talent sourcing, applicant tracking and reporting. We can collaborate and communicate quickly and efficiently, which means we’re always working together and are on the same page.




2. Get to know your candidates fast.

Keep your screening questions short. Long and lengthy questions leave room for human error and take out a chunk of time from your talent team to filter through. Stick to the specific requirements of the role and leave the rest for verbal comms. You’re more likely to get to know more about a candidate over the phone, than reading through their essay questions.

We are big believers in being hiring confidants. Use personable approaches to get under the skin of your candidates and identify the good, the bad and the ugly really quickly. This way you’re optimising the screening process for a swift and efficient hire.



3. Structure your interviews.

Research suggests that lengthy interviews can delay the hiring process, having a negative effect on a candidate’s performance1. So keep it concise. Review your structure, and embrace tech to simplify the process. Throw in video interviews and online culture surveys, such as ThriveMap which can allow you to develop a deeper understanding of your candidates and see their full potential when you meet.

We don’t think there is a one size fits all approach to the interview process. Each step should be dependant on the culture of your business, the department, the role you want to develop and the kind of person you would like to be a part of that. However, innovation grabs attention, so including a few interesting elements can improve your chances of keeping your candidates engaged.



4. Don’t wait.

Taking the time to make the right decision on a hire is important, but if you take too long you’ll run the risk of missing out. Research shows that the most in-demand candidates won’t wait, either moving to another business or losing interest in the position altogether. So go with your gut, make your offers swiftly and ensure you’re communications are consistent from the moment the application is made until they sign on the dotted line.

Don’t forget about the candidate experience after offer.  On-boarding is still an important step in the hiring process. An effective and engaging onboarding experience will increase employee retention and keep the candidate engaged.

So why is this all important? You’ll streamline and improve the efficiency of your hiring process which will save you a load of time and money, leaving you to get on with what you do best.  Remember, this is just a starting point, hiring great people takes the right planning and an impeccable strategy.  Get in touch with us now for a full review of your hiring process.