How to Make the Recruiting Process Easier on Your Staff


Recruiting new workers is crucial for any business, but recruitment can be a convoluted and frustrating process for HR staff if your business fails to plan out an organized recruitment process. By planning ahead and implementing some effective strategies, you can make the process easy for your HR staff and ensure your business hires employees that will help it thrive. Here are four strategies for simplifying the recruitment process:


Identify Potential Candidates


Start by establishing a pool of potential candidates and weeding out those who aren't viable. A lot of this depends on planning. First, you and your staff must decide what qualities you're looking for in employees, and immediately eliminate applicants who don't fit the bill. By checking applicants' background info and work experience, you can usually rule out many candidates immediately, which reduces the time your staff spends establishing the candidate pool.


Use Screening to Narrow the Field


One of the most time-consuming parts of recruiting is separating decent candidates from great ones. One way to cut down the pool of passive applicants after eliminating definite no's, is to conduct telephone interviews. To reduce stress on your staff, keep interviews short and establish a list of target questions ahead of time that they'll ask each applicant. This process will help narrow the field so your staff can move on to face-to-face interviews with top candidates. You can also require an online video to view and see if a face-to-face will be worth your time.


Avoid "Magic Bullet" Questions


Speaking of interviews, it's wise to plan out the interview process with your staff ahead of time so they move through the candidate pool as efficiently as possible. One strategy is to avoid "magic bullet" questions, because there is no one question that will tell you everything about a candidate. Keep questions focused on applicants' skills, attitude, and experience to save your staff time spent asking silly questions.




Use an Online Recruiting Service


One final way to make recruitment easier is to hire an online recruitment service. For example, if hiring medical personnel, you might choose a service. These businesses use their human resources knowledge to help create strategies for effective recruiting, and will aid the process of whittling down your applicant pool. This way you can fill your advanced practitioner jobs with professionals searching out these types of careers.


Simplifying recruitment for your staff is about planning ahead and strategizing to make sure your recruiters' time is spent most efficiently. By establishing target qualities you want in candidates, ruling out inviable applications, and establishing standard interview questions, you can make the recruiting process stress-free.



By: Eileen O'Shanassy

Eileen O'Shanassy is a freelance writer and blogger based out of Flagstaff, AZ. She writes on a variety of topics and loves to research and write. She enjoys baking, biking, and kayaking. Check out her Twitter @eileenoshanassy.