The ability of an employer to hire quickly is a competitive advantage. With many companies struggling to find qualified talent and with many jobs being left open, your ability to hire fast can help you fill your talent gaps.
But there is an important distinction to make. Hiring fast is one thing, but you still need to hire well. There is no sense in speeding up your hiring process if it results in more hiring mistakes. You need to be able to scale your hiring process while maintaining or improving its effectiveness.
Below, we outline some proven ways how to expedite the hiring process:
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1. Have a dedicated hiring team
Clearly defined roles and responsibilities for who will manage the hiring function within your company is essential. Assign a dedicated person or team to determine hiring needs, assess candidates, create job ads, conduct interviews, recruit, and handle all the steps required to hire effectively. Assemble a diverse team of individuals from across your organization. If you don’t have a defined team, your ability to hire quickly will be greatly diminished.
2. Partner with the right recruiting firm
Partnering with the right recruiting agency can vastly improve your ability to hire faster. When you work together, recruiters will develop an understanding of the types of people you prefer to hire. They will also have a detailed understanding of who is available and may be a good fit for your company. You’ll gain access to candidates you may not otherwise be aware are contenders.
3. Make the hiring process repeatable
Having a defined series of steps to perform can eliminate the guesswork. You can avoid mistakes, false steps, and speed up the hiring process. This is very important when you are in a time crunch. If your company does not have a defined hiring process, it is something to implement. Define each step, assign roles, and have a clear plan to follow whenever you have a hiring need.
4. Always be recruiting
Top employers are always on the lookout for great talent to add to their organizations. Those with a dedicated hiring team can make this part of their role. Some hiring needs can be predicted, but there will be times when you lose an employee with little notice. If you are always looking for talent, you will be in a position to act quickly to fill the open position.
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