As a hiring manager, how many times have you said the phrase “The resumes I am getting do not match what I’m looking for at all”? Well, now is the time to restructure your hiring process and see what you can do to improve your results. For starters:
1. The proof is in the details – Your job description is everything; it should be detailed, but not a novel. Make sure that important “must haves” are at the top to catch those quick readers in their tracks before they hit the “apply” button. A job seeker wants to read, submit and move on to the next. Keep details short, sweet, to the point and use bullet points when necessary.
2. Get certain steps out of the way – If your process includes such things as an application on your company website or forms that have to be completed, then include them in your initial application; the dedicated job seeker will do all steps required and do them well. The goal is to get the right people in the door and hired fast!
3. Meet them before they walk in your door – As mentioned in previous blogs (and by living in our everyday culture), technology is everywhere. Require your candidates to make an effort, other than clicking “send”. Have them complete a quick Video Interview with questions tailored to what they need in order to succeed in the role you are trying to fill. This will eliminate any and all frustration of running into the wrong candidate for the job. You will know in 30 seconds whether or not a candidate is worthy of YOUR time.
4. Make your move – Don’t drag your feet with the perfect fit as the status of an active job seeker can change by the hour. Hiring is a careful process and needs to be taken with caution, but don’t hesitate if the talent is there and willing to join your team. The number one “killer” of finding the perfect candidate is time. If you know the candidate is right, get the process moving!
Investing in these practices will take time and patience, but the results will speak for themselves. So, don’t waste any time and get started.
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