- Nail the job description. Job postings that include a long list of qualifications and skills required (demands-abilities) do more harm than good by turning away the best-fit candidates. A recent study discovered that the needs-supplies approach, which emphasizes what the business can do for the applicant, attracts more qualified candidates than the demands-abilities approach. Construct job descriptions that emphasize what your business can offer potential employees – room to grow in the company, team-focused projects, etc.
- Use social media. People are attracted to businesses that are active on social media. A Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Deloitte study finds that most participants want to work for digitally enabled businesses. For a business that wants to find qualified applicants and maintain current employees, this means ensuring a mobile-friendly career site. Almost a third of American adults have searched job postings, completed job applications, and put together a resume or cover letter through their smart phones.
- Don’t disregard soft skills. A business that focuses primarily on experience qualifications may weed out the right applicant if it doesn’t consider soft skills. Soft skills, including interpersonal and communication skills, are important traits to look for in an applicant. An applicant who possesses strong soft skills with a minor deficiency in experience may be a better hire than an applicant with deficient soft skills and much experience.
- Rethink the interview. You can prevent new hire failures by improving the interview. Oftentimes, the interviewer is in a rush or targets questions on competence for the position. In order to find the right applicant, the interviewer should consider other factors should – such as work ethic, discipline, motivation, and temperament.
- Allow applicants to interview you. Let applicants ask questions about the position. This gives the applicant a chance to see if it’s a good fit and the interviewer a chance to determine what is most important to the applicant. Be honest; give candidates a realistic picture of job responsibilities and the work environment.
The hiring process is crucial for a business to secure the right candidate for the job. SmartHire provides software that targets applicant screening, job-fit assessments, skills testing, and talent management, making the hiring process more successful. If your company wants to improve its hiring process, consider these five tips.