The hiring process is exactly that – a process. It contains certain steps that take you from the initial sourcing stage all the way up to the moment an employee is officially hired. And just as with any process, the order of the steps matter.
Remote working, virtually unheard of a couple decades ago, has become increasingly common. One study suggests that more than two-thirds of workers telecommute at least one day per week!
Finding and hiring the best candidates is highly competitive in today’s hiring landscape. About 73% of employers have been struggling to find the right candidates for their open positions, and this trend shows no signs of stopping – in fact, companies anticipate needing to hire even more people in 2019.
In today’s hiring landscape, finding talented candidates with the right set of skills is harder than ever. After going through all the steps to source candidates, read resumes, administer assessments, interview candidates, and send out the offer letter, you still need your candidate of choice to say yes to your offer of employment. When jobs were scarce, you might have assumed that most offers would be followed up with an enthusiastic “yes,” but with job openings now exceeding the number of job seekers, you may have to put a little more effort into converting that candidate into your next star employee. Here are a few places to start:
2018 was a difficult year for hiring, and 2019 is shaping up to be just as challenging. Earlier this year, the job market crossed the threshold into having more job openings than unemployed workers to fill them. Job seekers had more options than ever, which meant they also had the power to be a little more choosy with their next job opportunities. There were several consequences to this tight labor market – we saw a rising trend in candidates ghosting on interviews, and we also saw the growing importance of maintaining a solid candidate experience.
Technology, when used strategically, has the power to improve the hiring process in infinitely many ways. From speeding up the application process to enhancing the way we source and evaluate candidates, there are tons of HR tech tools out there designed to enhance our hiring efforts. But one often overlooked opportunity is technology’s ability to help companies hire a more diverse workforce.
Hiring can be exhausting. With so much pressure on hiring managers and recruiters to find great talent amidst an increasingly challenging hiring landscape, it’s easy to fall into a few bad habits. But the hiring process provides the opportunity to constantly improve and learn from each hire that you make, which is why we should never accept our bad habits as just “the way that it is.”
The hiring process is critical to the success of any organization, and so it follows that, as an employer, you’d want to take all the time you need to make the best possible hiring decision. From gathering information about your candidates to building consensus among your hiring team, you want to feel confident about the candidate you ultimately choose. But the time and deliberation you put into the decision should never come at the expense of a speedy and efficient hiring process.
2018 has been a particularly challenging year for hiring. Employers are finding it harder and harder to find the right job candidates for their open positions now that the demand for workers exceeds the number of people currently unemployed in the workforce. These challenges become even more salient when it comes to seasonal hiring.