As you surely know, the process of hiring new employees and bringing them aboard is typically rather time-consuming.
Of course, the longer the process takes, the more downtime your company will inherently experience. On the other side of things, speeding up the process for the sake of decreasing this downtime can cause you to make a sacrifice in terms of the quality of your new hire; that is, in the interest of moving things along quickly, you run the risk of bringing aboard a subpar candidate that won’t work out in the long run.
However, this trade-off between quickness and quality doesn’t have to exist. There are a number of things you can do to ensure that your hiring and onboarding processes run as smoothly as possible – and that you’re able to bring aboard the highest-quality candidate for the job in question.
Let’s take a look at how you can make it happen.
1. Streamline and Solidify the Process
While this may sound like a no-brainer, it’s worth discussing the fact that, in order to speed up your hiring process in an efficient manner, you need to actually have a process in place to begin with.
If you do have a process in place, you’ll want to take a top-down, objective look at every aspect of it as it stands. Look for redundancies, superfluous steps, or any other unnecessary processes that distract you from your goal of bringing aboard a qualified candidate as quickly as possible.
Once you’ve pared away the excesses, be sure to document the changes you’ve made so that all stakeholders understand the “new way” of hiring within your company. Additionally, revisit your plan on a regular basis to continue shaping it as necessary.
2. Automate What You Can
Going along with the previous section, there’s a pretty good chance that many steps of your hiring process don’t necessarily require a hands-on approach from your team.
That said, rather than assigning these tasks to one of your HR reps, you’ll want to allow technology to work its magic for you. Typically, you can automate processes such as:
- Application and resume collection
- Initial screening of basic qualifications
- Interview scheduling
- Responses and follow-up contact via email
By automating these processes, you’ll free up your human resources department’s workload – allowing them to focus their energy on completing the tasks that do require a hands-on approach. In turn, your overall hiring process will become that much more efficient.
3. Always Be Looking
One of the main reasons companies often trade quality for quickness when making a hire is that they were caught off-guard by a sudden resignation or departure, and had to fill the position as soon as they possibly could.
To avoid such instances moving forward, you want to be on the lookout for qualified employee candidates at all times – not just when you’re in need.
That way, you’ll at least have a solid pool of talented individuals to reach out to should a current employee leave their position with little to no notice. Additionally, since you’ll have already taken care of the basic screening processes when reaching out to these individuals, you’ll be able to vet them further and bring them on board in a very timely and efficient manner.
If you’ve been working on streamlining your hiring processes for a while, but haven’t seen much improvement in your ability to quickly find talented employee candidates, you might want to consider outsourcing the process to a staffing firm.
Because a staffing firm, of course, specializes in finding quality employees as quickly as possible, this is perhaps the best course of action to take if you’re strapped in terms of human and time-related resources. In partnering with a firm where you can explore various solutions including a temp to hire option, you essentially take almost every aspect of the hiring process off your plate – in turn allowing you to focus on the many other aspects of running your organization overall.
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