Why You’re Missing Out On Top Talent

  • Clever candidate resourcing
  • Smooth candidate journey
  • Painless interview process
  • Quick decision making
  • Efficient candidate onboarding process

Five Reasons You’re Missing Out on Top Talent

There are five critical stages of the recruitment process where your company could be failing to reach top talent. Addressing each of these areas can make your business more appealing to the best candidates. Furthermore, making each stage of your hiring process as candidate-friendly as possible can increase new employee retention rates.

Recruitment resourcer using all available tools to search for quality candidates
Recruitment resourcer using all available tools to search for quality candidates
Recruitment Resourcers use all tools available to tap into the passive candidate market.

1 — Not reaching potential candidates

Advertising on job boards is not enough to achieve results in the current climate. If this is your only method of candidate attraction, your business is missing out on passive job seekers. According to LinkedIn, passive applicants make up a whopping 70% of the recruitment market! But how do you reach these people if they’re not actively looking for a job?

Solution

Recruitment agencies employ teams of experienced Recruitment Resourcers who specialise in finding niche skills. Therefore by working with recruitment agencies, businesses can reach top candidates who would otherwise be unattainable to them.

2 — Applicants experiencing a poor candidate journey

When candidates decide to leave their existing position, they want to find a new one as quickly and painlessly as possible. So, first of all, applicants need to be able to submit their CV quickly and easily. Next, your recruiting process needs to be as slick and efficient as possible, keeping candidates informed at every step of the way.

Hiring manager with head in her hands frustrated at missing out on top talent
Hiring manager with head in her hands frustrated at missing out on top talent
The frustration of missing out on yet another top candidate.

Solution

Put yourself in an applicant’s shoes and walk through your candidate journey. Then consider how this compares with your competitors. Where you identify bottlenecks that slow your recruitment process down, find ways to eliminate them.

3 — The interview process takes too long

Some companies insist on waiting for ten quality CVs before they draw up a shortlist for interview. Even in the current climate with so many redundancies happening, by the time you see your tenth CV, the first five will have already found jobs.

  1. Telephone interview
  2. First face to face
  3. Second in-person interview

Solution

The moment you see a quality CV, take action! Additionally, work out where you can employ technology to speed up your recruitment process.

4 — Hiring decisions take too long to make

Once the interview process is over, candidates don’t expect to have to wait more than 24 hours for a decision. If a decision takes any longer than that, candidates will assume they were unsuccessful at interview.

Solution

Speed up your decision-making process. If hiring decisions are taking too long to make, consider whether you are asking the right questions during the interview? Competency-based interview questions or behavioural questions can help you identify the qualities you seek in potential candidates.

Multiply members of an interview panel all jostling to give their scores
Multiply members of an interview panel all jostling to give their scores
How many decision makers really need to be involved in your recruitment process?

5 — Sloppy new employee onboarding process

Once a candidate accepts an offer of employment, many businesses don’t contact them at all until they are due to start. When their job finally begins, companies often waste days wading through tedious paperwork.

Solution

Don’t wait until the candidate’s first day to fill out reams of paperwork and dull due diligence. Instead, drip-feed it to them on the run-up to their start date and use it as an excuse to make them feel welcome. Automate where possible and use electronic signatures to speed up the process.

Conclusion

Although you might assume that the current climate would make it easier to find top candidates, the opposite seems to be true. Therefore, your company’s candidate attraction and recruitment process need to be as compelling as possible to stand out among the competition.

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Rachael. Adria Solutions

Rachael. Adria Solutions

Hi there! I’m Rachael, Marketing Manager at Adria Solutions Ltd. Read more about me here: https://www.adriasolutions.co.uk/blog