The effects of the past two years on the job market have been intense, with the power in the market shifting to the candidates. For employers searching for top talent, having an outdated hiring process could cost you.
If you find yourself missing out on the best job candidates, it may be time to look at your hiring process.
Symptoms of an Outdated Hiring Process:
Long, Tedious Applications
Now that most job applications are completed online, candidates do not want to spend a lot of time filling out forms and completing paperwork. The application can be make-or-break for your company because applicants will look for a similar job that requires less work if it is too difficult, tedious, or time-consuming.
Complicated job applications do not rule out unqualified talent, but they can discourage top talent from even trying. Streamline the application process and make it easy to find, complete, and submit.
Too Many Interview Rounds
It is important to make sure you’re getting the best candidate for the job, and a solid interview process is essential to doing that. However, dragging out the process with multiple interviews increases the risk of losing candidates who simply do not want to go that.
Recruiting is a complex process, and trying to reply to everyone who applies may seem impossible and not a priority. Nothing could be farther from the truth. “Ghosting” candidates by not acknowledging their submissions or responding as they proceed through the hiring process leaves applicants frustrated and erodes their confidence in your company brand.
Take the time to reply, even if it is through an automated system, and let candidates know where they stand and what to expect next.
Lack of Flexibility
Rigid hiring schedules could mean you’re losing out on top talent. Some candidates may have the flexibility to interview during business hours, but others who work during the day may not have that option. Having virtual options available for interviewing and considering the schedule and convenience of top talent ensures you do not miss out on the best talent for your company.
The hiring process can be long, tiring, and tedious – Or it can be the best introduction candidates have to your company’s brand and culture. With a quick assessment of your hiring process and some changes to any outdated steps, you can ensure you get the top talent during your recruitment periods.