Too often hiring managers spend months attempting to find the perfect employee, which is next to impossible. Instead, they should be focusing on finding people who will do both a good job and work well inside of their businesses - the right hire.
Unfortunately, most businesses approach hiring the wrong way and are either left with a lot of vacancies or employees that just don’t fit in. The worst thing that employers can do is just leave a job opening unfilled while hoping to one day find the perfect person to fill it. In reality, the perfect candidate that they are looking for is either already working somewhere else or just doesn’t exist!
The very best of the best candidates find jobs in no time, so they aren’t the type who will be going on many interviews. They get the jobs that they want and then dozens or even hundreds of other businesses are left out in the cold. Well, not really, because there are plenty of people who can still do the job well and often fit in with the company even better.
Hiring managers also have a budget to work with, which means that the perfect candidates are often not going to agree to the terms anyway. This doesn’t mean that businesses have to hire less-than-adequate employees; they just have to be realistic when they start their searches.
Whether you're looking to hire a great sales manager, operations leader, or other top talent, there are steps that you can take to make sure that recruiting and hiring is done at a top level.
Below are five things you can do to get the most out of hiring for your organization:
1) Develop a hiring strategy
It doesn’t matter if you have all of your jobs filled right now or not, you have to know exactly how you are going to go about finding future employees now if you want the process to go smoothly. The tops businesses always have strategies to seek out and attract new candidates.
Having a hiring plan mapped out to not only find candidates, but keep them engaged throughout your hiring process is instrumental in finding the right hires. The worst thing you can do is try to just wing it when you are desperate for new staff.
2) Focus on onboarding and training employees
By onboarding and training employees the right way, you don’t have to worry as much about recruiting future candidates because you will be able to retain more of your staff. Employees are happier at their jobs when they fully understand what they are supposed to do, how they can help the company, and how they can continue to progress forward in their careers without leaving.
When it comes to training recruiters, they need know what to look for, so there aren’t too many wasted hours searching for people who wouldn’t perform well or fit into the company culture. For example, here's 8 recruiting skills every recruiter should have.
Everyone in the company, new and old, should know what the goals for the business are so each department can work together and really feel like they are a team.
3) Don’t worry about hiring costs
If you want to find great employees without having to find the perfect one, you have to be willing to pay whatever it costs to get your job ad out there in the world. To get noticed by candidates, they will need to find you, so pay multiple recruiters if you have to so they can spread the word about your job openings. This will both speed up the process and up your chances of finding fantastic candidates.
If you do have a low budget, do all you can with the money that you do have available to give yourself the best shot at finding great people to work with you. Recruiting and hiring is a major part of every business, so be sure that you have the funds to do it as effectively as possible.
4) Leverage recruiters to do more
Don't be scared to rely on recruiters, they're known as 'head hunters' for a reason. They exist to go out and find new employees like their lives depend on it... or at least their well-being.
Recruiting is not what it was just a few short years ago, it has changed in virtually every industry. Recruiters today need to be everywhere - on every social network putting up ads and making sure that the right types of people finding your job listings. They also need to feel the pressure that you want the right person for the job found and you want them quickly. There are essential skills in recruitment that modern recruiters will need to succeed today and in the coming years.
5) Know the job market
One of the worst things businesses can do is throw up job ads all over the place without knowing how much demand there is at that moment and what that means for pay rates.
It should be a team effort to understand the market for particular jobs, so you know how many man hours should be going into the search and what that hire will potentially cost you.
Recruiters and hiring managers need to always be on the same page so that there is an understanding of what can and can’t be done.
Use these tips to give your company a better shot at hiring the right candidate for the role even though they might not have been the “perfect” candidate.