Can’t Find Qualified Candidates? Have You Checked Your Recruiting Process?

When your car isn’t firing on all cylinders, the next step is a no-brainer: take it to the mechanic for a look under the hood. Similarly, as organizations face major challenges finding and hiring top talent, it’s a good time to review your recruiting process.

Companies finding it difficult to attract and acquire skilled professionals are often quick to blame the tight job market, and there’s no question it’s a factor. But that can’t be your “final answer.” The approach you take to recruiting must be in step with the current environment, and the only way to know if that’s the case is to start digging deeper.

Different times demand different recruiting solutions

We’re all familiar with the definition of insanity: doing things the same way and expecting different results. Too often, businesses fall into that trap when it comes to recruiting. 

Employers may be frustrated they can’t find enough qualified employees, but are they following the same recruiting process they’ve used for years? As any recruiter worth his or her salt knows, when it comes to recruiting and hiring great employees, the only constant is change. And the only way to effectively adjust your strategy and tactics is to understand what’s working and what isn’t.

Can you answer these recruiting questions?

In trying to determine whether your organization’s recruiting process is outdated and/or underperforming, ask yourself pertinent questions. Things like: Where do my best applicants come from? How long is my hiring cycle? Does my technology work for me? And, what KPIs do I need to hit in order to be successful? 

Those are questions you should be able to answer. If you can’t, you’ve come to an important conclusion: it’s time to put a critical eye on your recruiting process.

Reviewing your recruiting process

The first step is to conduct an audit that shines a light on all parts of your recruiting process: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Examine how your company goes about recruiting, from job postings and vetting resumes, to scheduling and conducting interviews, to making an offer. Next, determine what results are being generated at each stage of the process. Can you identify the areas where there are breakdowns? Those are the ones that need to be addressed immediately.

In the end, armed with real-time information about how well – or not – your recruiting process is working, you can create a consistent, proven approach that makes a great first impression on candidates and enables you to hire employees that drive productivity and profitability. 

The experts at Alaant work with great organizations across multiple industries, taking a fresh look at their recruiting processes and improving their success rates. Need help getting things up to speed? Contact us today and let’s get the conversation started!

About the Author

Miranda March Digital Strategist for Alaant Workforce Solutions

Miranda March, Digital Communications Specialist

Miranda has a real knack for connecting the dots between employers and job seekers. She prides herself on keeping a pulse on the national and local hiring markets. In her downtime, she enjoys cooking new foods and spending time with her family. A little-known fact about Miranda is her love of video games, new and old.