Bottlenecks in the hiring process are an issue for companies across every industry. Executives realize the longer a job remains empty – the more opportunity and productivity are lost.
Often, issues arising between recruiters and hiring managers are a major source of bottlenecks. While recruiters and hiring personnel seek to reach the same objective, their relationships can be loaded with miscommunication and complications that turn into roadblocks for sourcing best talent out there.
In order to bridge the gap between recruiters and hiring personnel and reinforce this vital working relationship, both should agree to practices centered on collaboration, communication and eliminating obstacles in the talent sourcing process.
A critical but often neglected step in the talent acquisition process is solid communication that starts with a face-to-face meeting. Hiring managers and recruiters need to understand each other’s personalities and main concerns so recruitment strategies can be managed to achieve mutual goals. An initial meeting will also allow a recruiter to acquaint hiring personnel with the tools and support available to them that simplify the talent acquisition process, as well as make the process transparent and efficient. A meeting can also ensure that steps in the system are not being duplicated or overlooked.
After laying the groundwork, the agreed-upon method should be conveyed to all stakeholders.
Scrutinize the process
Another effective way to speed up the hiring process is to eliminate low-worth steps. Evaluate every step for components that are unnecessary and get rid of them. For instance, if your interviewers can make ‘accept’ or ‘reject’ decisions for a particular role quickly, cut these interviews by 10 minutes or more.
Furthermore, look to invest more resources in the high-value steps. Investing in automated HR software can eliminate the back-and-forth that often bogs down the hiring process.
Accelerate the pace
In addition to eliminating or investing in various steps of the process, you can also get rid of bottlenecks by speeding up the pace.
By diminishing the “dead time” between steps in the process, you can speed it up without any adverse effects. For instance, holding evening and weekend interviews avoids the hours when applicants and hiring personnel tend to have busy schedules.
Also, rather than watching for one step to finish before starting another, implement two steps concurrently where possible. So, rather than waiting until your last interviews are concluded, you could begin reference checks midway through the last interviews.
One more way to speed up the hiring process is to do crucial preparations in advance. For instance, you could have workers make “pipeline referrals” for any positions projected to open soon. This prep work can offer you prescreened candidates who are all set to go once the open position is posted.
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