The process of filling important roles at your business with qualified candidates is vital to the overall health of the organization. An organization is only as strong as its weakest link, so spending that extra energy on ensuring the best individuals join your team can be what sets you aside from the competition.
Recruiting in any industry can be difficult, but with the right set of tools under your belt, you can ensure your business is able to reach those who are right for the job and get the best of the best to apply to the open positions at your company. Here are a few common recruiting challenges, and some simple solutions, for employers going through the hiring process.
Your incoming applicants are underqualified (or nonexistent)
So, you put the job posting out there on every major job board from Indeed to LinkedIn to ZipRecruiter, but still no qualified candidates have submitted resumes. What do you do now? If you’re not receiving submissions from prospective employees, or if the ones you’re receiving just don’t seem to suit the role, you may need to reconsider your approach.
Begin by reevaluating the key wording in the job description. Emphasize the key parts of the position and what skills the ideal candidate would possess, as well as a clear explanation of the company’s mission and overall goals. You should also include as much information about salary and benefits as possible. A lot of qualified candidates will filter out employers who don’t list a salary range, for fear of wasting time on a position that’s well below what they deserve based on their education and experience.
You are receiving too many responses about a job opening
It may sound like an ideal scenario, but when everyone and their mother is submitting applications for your last job posting, it can become overwhelming quickly. Without an entire team skimming resumes and interviewing candidates, it’s easy to miss the applicants who are actually qualified to do the job.
An easy way to filter it down to those best suited for the role is to use pre-screening questionnaires or “knockout questions” to weed out anyone underqualified. Don’t waste your time, or the time of the applicant, by taking interviews or phone calls with prospective employees who just don’t have the skills you need. Add a few questions to your next posting related to things like education, years of experience, or certifications to further narrow down the pool and help you get to the right individuals faster.
You don’t have the time or manpower to hire
One common mistake employers make is not leveraging technology during the hiring process. From the first application through onboarding and beyond, there are great options that exist so your team doesn’t have to do it the slow, traditional way. Save time and money by investing in an applicant tracking system, or ATS.
ATS software can help you save time by sharing job postings to multiple websites, filter through databases for anyone who fits the bill, send calendar invitations to prospective candidates, and much more.