Want Better Candidates? Reduce Time-to-Fill with These Tips

February 2nd, 2017

Far too often, recruiting experts hear businesses say they want to keep interviewing to “see if there is anything better out there.” Sometimes these same clients can’t express exactly what they’re looking for and simply suggest “they’ll know it when they see it.” The time it takes to fill your open position is as critical as filling it with the right candidate. While the opening stays vacant, your costs are rising. The longer you take to make a hiring decision, the less your top candidates are interested in accepting your job. So reducing your time to hire will actually give you better access to the right new employee. Here are three tips that can help you reduce your hiring time frame and bring on the best candidates in the market.

1. Stay engaged with past candidates.

When you have a new position become available, don’t immediately start by searching for new talent through job boards and social media. Start by reviewing the candidates you have interviewed in the past for the same or similar jobs. In fact, it is a good idea to maintain contact with the candidates who just missed the mark in the past. You can even automate this connection by including them on your social media, especially LinkedIn, and reaching out from time to time. If you already knew they possessed the skill but didn’t make the cut for a variety of reasons at the time, you could fill your job much quicker when it opens up.

2. Connect with people on social media.

Using social media has evolved. Our culture is now connected almost entirely through the internet and this is a powerful tool. Using your social media platforms, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and more you can reach out to more people faster. Don’t just reach out when you have a new job, keep your audience and followers engaged with important information throughout the year. But when you do have an open job, you can showcase it on social media and reach better-qualified candidates faster.

3. Streamline your application and hiring process.

One issue companies are having today is that candidates find the application process difficult or overinvolved. Studies have found that if an online application is too long, even qualified candidates will abandon the process before completing it. Use an easy application form or allow people to apply with their LinkedIn profiles. Once the process has moved on to resume reviewing and interviewing, you should also keep the focus on your time frame and candidate experience. While you want to be thorough, too many pre-screening steps can turn off a potential employee rather than allow them to feel comfortable with your process.

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