If you feel as though you’re always under the gun looking for qualified candidates, or you simply want your organization to have a more organized workforce, developing a proactive hiring strategy is key. Not only will it help you reduce your workload over time, but it will also help your company respond swiftly to change and ensure that you stay on top of your competitors.
Being proactive about hiring requires three different disciplines. First, planning and preparation, second, developing a constant stream of qualified candidates and third, being able to hire quickly once the need arises.
Here’s how to get started.
Plan Out New Positions Well in Advance
Discuss changes in your company and stay updated on plans to enlarge departments. Too often, poor communication is at the heart of unorganized hiring processes. Find out where your department managers want to take your company and be ready to meet the need in advance. While you have time, create your job descriptions for the upcoming positions and create candidate personas to help you identify the candidates most likely to succeed.
Develop a Hiring Pipeline
Wouldn’t it be great to have a ready pipeline of qualified candidates in line for each position? You wouldn’t have to worry about getting new job descriptions written and posted, you’d just have the people you need, right at your fingertips.
With an always on hiring approach, this is exactly what you’ll have. Never stop recruiting and never stop advertising for qualified candidates. Just because you don’t need them today, doesn’t guarantee you may not need them next month. Post your jobs and leave the listings up. Interview candidates and keep the likely prospects in a pull file. Then, when the positions open up, you won’t be scrambling to start from scratch.
Practice Just in Time Recruiting
Just in time recruiting is a necessity in today’s world. Change moves quickly and you’ve got to be ready to roll with the punches when it hits. Instead of having to start from scratch when a position opens up or a new position becomes available, by developing this recruiting method you’ll have a selection of ready candidates waiting to start.
Once you have your pipeline in place, it’s simply a matter of going through the candidates you’ve already interviewed, scheduling new interviews and confirming their availability. By keeping your “always on” hiring philosophy going, it won’t take much time at all to get your new employees in the door.
Try using implementing these strategies in your company and see just how much easier your hiring process gets and how much organized you feel.
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