Recruiting practices require a long-term approach for best results

02.27.2014


Recruiting practices require a long-term approach for best results
Recruiting practices require a long-term approach for best results

When it comes to recruiting employees, companies should be sure to position themselves in the best possible light, in an attempt to attract better candidates to their openings. While this requires a well-thought-out approach, its benefits can have a significant effect in the long run.

According to LinkedIn, one of the best things a hiring manager can do is to clarify their expectations as much as possible in the job listings themselves, before even making contact with potential employees. In what the news source describes as "performance-based job descriptions," the most important objectives that will guide the candidate's skills would be ranked high in the overall description. This would ensure that the listing would draw in candidates who would be well prepared for the role in question, as they'd see these needs and immediately respond to them.

Best practices in recruiting will likely also require a manager to become fully engaged in face-to-face contact and not just writing the description. This means not just meeting with workers for interviews, but potentially before and after that process as well. Discussing the industry on a regular basis not only draws interested job seekers to the company, but also gives them faith in your company's efforts toward their own needs. As a result, they'll likely become much more invested in the position at hand.

Potential weighs as much as experience
While a strong resume is never a bad thing for a candidate to have, it's not the only thing that should matter to a hiring manager. When considering a candidate, their potential value to the firm and propensity to learn and grow in the company should be considered just as much as their previous experiences. There are many workers who have strong industry work history and will perform well, but there are just as many looking for their big break who will help improve its overall standing even more. Every candidate should be fairly and even-handedly considered to ensure no stone goes unturned in the hiring process.

In a situation where time is short but a company still needs a quality employee, though, the likely best methods that can be used are those of staffing services companies. Many of these will have dozens of qualified candidates who can better meet the needs of a variety of positions, the best of whom will be more than capable of handling tough work quickly.

Long-term process
A key to long-term success, according to the Santa Clarita Valley Signal, is that the recruiting process needs to be considered as a whole, from the first glimpse at a cover letter to the final questions before a hire is made. Each step will show a specific bit of information that can be ascertained - for instance, a well-developed resume would be ideal in many detail-oriented positions, giving workers who can fit specific roles a leg up in the search. For those who manage to reach the interviewing stage, an additional step that should be taken is to create a checklist to better review the potential for each worker that's being assessed. Their answers in the interviewing process will likely shine a light on their abilities to meet these needs.

In addition, when looking into employees' skills, the news source mentions that some of the best things to consider include identifying their routines and processes. For instance, employees who often prepare ahead for future projects, or those who can fully multitask or troubleshoot without skipping a beat, would be at the forefront of many managers' lists. Discovering these skills, however, would require an even-handed approach in the interviewing process.