Fine-tuning your hiring process can make a world of difference. Not only does it make things easier on your team, but it can help attract new talent as well. Below are a few easy things managers can do to streamline your hiring process and make things easier.
Review Your Pre-Screening Methods
Figure out whether or not you want to pre-screen your candidates and how you can go about doing so. Some employers choose to follow up applications with a phone interview. Others request candidates fill out a questionnaire or take a pre-employment assessment. Consider what route you would like to take and what you want to accomplish with your pre-screening procedures.
Having a list of pre-interview questions to ask candidates can help you discover information about them that may not have been included in their resume or application. This quick list of questions can help you save time on interviews in the later stage of the hiring process. However, be aware that asking candidates too many questions before they have had a chance to meet you can be a turn-off. Online interview questionnaires should not take any longer than 30 minutes. Phone interviews should only take 15 to 20 minutes.
Ensure Your Interviews Are Comprehensive
Be consistent and comprehensive in your interview process. It is important to ask each candidate the same set of questions. You should also be sure each of the questions you ask during the interview is focused on the position they are applying for. Review the job description and be sure the questions being asked focus on skills necessary for the job.
If the candidate answers any of the questions with a more generic or short answer, follow up with additional questions to get more information. Be cognizant of the interview questions that are off-limits from a legal standpoint and pay attention to common red flags, such as not being prepared or being overly nervous. It may also be a good idea to send interview topics and questions to your candidate beforehand. This gives them a chance to truly think about their answers and could save time during the interview process as well.
Have a Standard for Evaluating Candidates
Discuss what you are looking for in an ideal candidate with your entire team. Setting clear expectations will help you avoid a debate when it comes to hiring the best candidate for the job. You should also have a set process for checking the candidate’s background and references, so they aren’t stuck in limbo in the hiring process.
Communication with your team and with candidates is really important to make the process easier as well. Have a system for identifying candidates who definitely are not a good fit. Be sure to communicate what the red flags are to your team. Also, be sure each candidate knows where they stand throughout the hiring process. If you’ve decided not to move forward with them, let them know. Similarly, if you are waiting for background checks or other information, communicate that with the candidate.
If you are looking for ways you can streamline your hiring process, employing the assistance of a staffing agency like GoSource can help. Contact us to see how our team of professionals can help you fine-tune your process.