Who enjoys a long hiring process? No one. Candidates want to be moved through the process quickly and accurately. Recruiters need to spend more time thinking about the strategy of the hiring process, and how to cut steps out and reach the end goal faster.
Here are 5 ways to streamline the hiring process:
- Write clear job descriptions: Make sure job seekers know exactly who your company wants. If the description is fuzzy, then many of the resumes received will come from candidates who probably said, “What the heck, I might be a good fit”. No one wants that.
- Use Pre-recorded Video Screening: Scheduling and conducting phone screens are time consuming. Instead, use a pre-recorded video interview tool to quickly evaluate your candidates and move them through the process.
- Interview candidate’s in-person just once and use a panel: One of the most annoying things for a candidate is being requested to come back multiple times for interviews. Instead, bring the entire interview team together and conduct a panel. This way, everyone is together for the reviewing and analyzing stage.
- Hold an “Interview Week”: This may take some selling, but scheduling all qualified candidates for interviews on the same week means that a candidate will be selected on that Friday. Gain a commitment from the interview team and then devise a schedule with possible time slots for candidates.
- Make your decision quickly: Having a clearly defined system for measuring candidates will help in this area. Once you reach the end of the process, don’t hesitate in making the decision. Top talent won’t wait around forever, and if you’re hesitant, than maybe it’s time to set up a few more interviews or tighten up the criteria for evaluating candidates.
Some of the strategies mentioned take a bit of a different mindset. These are just suggestions and won’t work for every hiring team. A helpful exercise is to write out all of the steps of your company hiring process. Look at it from the candidate’s viewpoint, the recruiter’s viewpoint, and members of the interview team. Look for steps to improve, and also steps that can be cut.