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Improve Your Candidate Screening & Hiring Process
Hiring quality candidates is a place where art meets science. Companies must streamline their hiring processes for consistency and uniformity to help lower turnover and hiring costs while ensuring they select the best candidates. Learn 4 strategies to help improve your candidate selection process for the better.
- Have Improvement Goals. It’s no joke that the HR department is one of most understaffed departments in any company. The first thing you’ll want to accomplish is focusing on quality over filing positions. This can be accomplished in many different ways. Recruiting and the overall candidate experience are important processes that should be high priorities in your HR department. Setting goals on what to improve in the New Year will reinforce your strengths and allow you take a hard look at areas of improvement.
- Plan Out Your Processes. Make sure to have a process in place for things such as pre-employment screening, phone interviews, which assessment testing is necessary, and identify the best post-interview questions. Having a checklist or process will help your company be efficient in the overall process and training if you bring on a new HR employee. As busy as they are, streamlining everything is not only beneficial, but crucial.
- Set the Right Expectation. The first interaction a job seeker has with a future employer is the job description. Setting the right expectation in the job description is critical to avoid wasting time on both sides. While posting salaries on the actual description might not be a popular thing try posting a range that gives a candidate an idea of the type of compensation they would receive. This prevents those seeking higher wage from applying and wasting your time.
- Invest in Assessment Testing. Finding the right candidate on the surface is easier than finding the right candidate with the right skill set. Investing in assessment testing will help put qualified candidates in the right position. Something like hiring the right candidate increase employee retention rates, organization’s productivity, and allows your business to run more smoothly. The normal hiring process for one person is 6 to 8 weeks. Hiring the wrong candidate costs time, money, and slows down processes.
Creating Efficiency in Candidate Selection
In the Human Resources profession there isn’t time to not be 100% efficient in the candidate selection process. Having goals, planning out your processes, setting the right expectations and investing in assessment testing are all things that will help improve on the candidate selection process within your company. What has helped you improve the candidate selection process? Share helpful tricks of the trade with other HR professionals in the comments section below.
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Article by Eric Friedman
Eric Friedman is the Founder and CEO of eSkill Corporation, a leading provider of Web-based skill testing for pre-employment and training. The company's founding vision was to create software that can customize a skills test to fit the knowledge requirements for any job position. Holder of an MBA from MITís Sloan School of Management and an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Brown University, Eric has helped launch five startups since 1992. With 20 years in the game, he is now sharing his vast experience on eSkill's blog, while mentoring his team and constantly expanding his company. Connect with him on LinkedIn.
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