At iRecruit we regularly share recruiting news and information. One of the news features we shared (a long time ago) was titled 5 Ways Employers Could Improve the Hiring Process. This article was published way back in 2010, making it almost eight years old. I took a look back at this list of suggestions to see if they were still relevant eight years later, and was pleased to see that they do still apply today. So here is the updated list of items that can help you create a more efficient hiring process:
- Set expectations for the timeline and process. iRecruit sends an automatic email response to your applicant to let them know when and if you will be in touch with them regarding the application. We recommend reviewing this email periodically for relevance, and to keep it up-to-date.
- Don’t require an unreasonable investment of time and information up front. We recommend keeping your initial application short and sweet, requesting only the bare minimum of information you need to determine if you want to contact the applicant or not. You can always include a more full or formal application at a later time.
- Don’t require applicants to hand over their firstborn just to be considered. Still true. Most companies using iRecruit do actually ask for a lot of information on their applications, but, again with the ability to edit your application and choose which questions are absolutely required you can limit the “barriers” to applying.
- Provide candidates with clear well thought out job descriptions. Self explanatory. Make sure your job descriptions, requirements and expectations are readable, but not novel length. Provide a brief summary of the role, include any requirements in a bullet point list.
- Reject candidates promptly. This is absolutely an important part of the process. Candidates don’t want to be kept waiting in the dark. With iRecruit you can contact multiple applicants to let them know the status of their application. Using our correspondence management tools you can create different email templates that can go out to the applicant to keep them informed.
If you have any questions about how iRecruit can help you become more efficient, or manage your hiring process, please reach out to us at 800-517-9099, or contact us here.