Feel like you’re getting nowhere in your efforts to add more staff? You may be struggling just to find qualified candidates, let alone seal the deal with an accepted offer.
If this describes your recent recruiting, you’re not alone. Competition is growing for candidates in many fields and you may find yourself spinning your wheels if you don’t take the right approach to finding talented applicants and enticing them to join your team.
Here are five reasons why your recruiting efforts may have stalled:
#1: You have a narrow approach
Maybe your company has always had success finding candidates using a combination of employee referrals and online ads. So you’ve continued to use that strategy.
Unfortunately, what works in one point in time doesn’t always work well in the future. It may be time to diversify, turning to social media, on-campus recruiting, and other means to find the people you need. Think creatively about what you can do differently.
#2: You’re not using a staffing firm
Even if you have a skilled HR team, there are times when it’s beneficial to bring in outside assistance. When you connect with the right recruiter at a staffing firm, you can gain access to leads you might otherwise not find. That’s because recruiters are actively involved in the local business community and may know of people who are open to new job opportunities but aren’t actively looking for work.
An added bonus: A recruiter can do all of the preliminary screening for you, saving you valuable time reviewing resumes and conducting initial interviews. They’ll find the people who meet your basic requirements before you get involved.
#3: You’re too mysterious
The best candidates know they’re in demand and won’t waste time on employers who post vague job ads or who don’t have a clear idea of what a job is about during the interview. Job descriptions should be updated as soon as you’re set to hire, so you can give a thorough overview of the opening.
Remember, you need to sell the job opportunity to candidates; it’s not all about them impressing you. Give them the detailed information they want so they can get excited about your job and the possibility of joining your company.
#4: You’re not giving candidates what they want
A recent survey by Accountemps found that executives and workers are not on the same page as far as which perks are most valued. Chief financial officers thought employees want a better benefit plan, such as enhanced healthcare insurance, while workers said their top priority is more vacation days.
Less attractive compensation, perks, and benefits can set you back in your hiring efforts. Make sure you review the latest salary guides, association reports, and government data to ensure your pay levels are on target and that you understand the forces shaping current hiring conditions.
#5: Your hiring process is too long
Another reason you may not be securing the talent you need is your hiring process. How quickly are you calling in candidates for interviews after receiving resumes? And how many rounds of interviews must they go through before you make your final selection? If you have cumbersome, drawn-out screening practices, chances are the most promising applicants will have accepted offers elsewhere before you’re even ready to make yours.
Try to combine steps to streamline your hiring process. For instance, if you’re calling in a top contender for a second interview, make sure everyone who needs to meet with that candidate is available at that time, so a third interview isn’t necessary.
Changing one or more of these mistakes may be all it takes to shift your recruitment strategies out of neutral and back into high gear.