3 changes that will immediately improve your hiring processMunira Rangwala
Your company invests lakhs of rupees every year recruiting new people, which is why your hiring process needs to be foolproof. If your company has no set strategy in place when it comes to recruitment, not only will you be stuck with the wrong people, but your company's investment behind them will go down the drain. Most organisations lack consistency and are not thorough with the candidate selection process. Also, these same companies are set in their ways and they refuse to change their policies and processes for one reason or another.
Companies need to understand that employees have the power to make an organisation grow. The right employees will take your company to new heights whereas the wrong ones will lead it on a downward spiral from which it will be hard to recover. Instead of treating your recruitment strategy like a one-time event, companies should look at it as an ongoing process.
Here are three changes every company should make to improve their hiring process:
Create a company blog for careers
Instead of simply posting your company's requirements on social media, create a career blog devoted to all things related to careers at your company. This will take your job content up a notch and help your recruiters and hiring managers reach a larger and more relevant audience. Encourage job seekers to subscribe to your blog so they get the latest updates on the current openings. Also, your hiring managers will be able to use this blog to post detailed updates about the exact specifications that a particular role entails.
Make sure your hiring managers are responding to candidates
Often, hiring managers across industries fail to get back to candidates with an answer on the promised date, and this corrodes the reputation of the company over time. Entrepreneurs should therefore instruct their hiring managers to respond to applicants on the promised date, whatever the answer. If the decision making process has been delayed or your company is conducting more interviews, it is only common decency to update applicants about the same. Doing this will also let the recruiters know if the candidates are still interested in the position.
Establish a set interview process
Most candidates today come prepared for interviews, and therefore interviewers should also do their bit. Entrepreneurs should encourage their hiring managers to walk into an interview room well-prepared. This preparation involves reading the interviewee's CV beforehand and having a list of questions ready. Applicants are likely to quickly disengage from the interview process if the interviewer fumbles around too much. Also, recruiters should make sure that they get all the information they need at once so that they don't have to call the candidate for a second round of interview just to get answers that they could have easily got the first time around.
In addition to the above, hiring managers should ask applicants to share their input on how the hiring process can be improved. If recruiters work on the above three etiquettes, the hiring process is bound to sail smoothly.