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5 steps to streamlining your hiring process 

Published: Thursday 20th August 2020

The job market is as competitive as it has been for a generation. There are hundreds of candidates consistently applying for a single position. Therefore, the job to differentiate and pick out the best options when hiring, has become increasingly difficult for hirers. One of the benefits of UK recruiting is that there are many high-quality candidates looking for work across different industries. In fact, over 350,000 people graduate from university each summer. This number is only likely to increase going forward. 

However, as the numbers increase, the more difficult it can become during the hiring process. Social media is a great way of finding out more information about candidates, and it can also help you to network and liaise with job seekers. Ultimately, you should look to use as many tools as possible to streamline your recruitment process. Both companies and candidates are likely to want a quick and positive resolution to their relevant situations. Therefore, following these simple recruitment process steps should stand you in good stead. 

Define job descriptions and plan according to your hiring needs

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Strategy is one of the most important things when it comes to UK recruiting. Both businesses and recruiters must have a thorough plan before embarking on the hiring process. It is important that you grasp the requirements of a job description and work out the best way of targeting potential candidates. Naturally, your search will generate some organic interest, and quite a lot of it. Yet, finding that perfect fit can often involve a remote process with the events of 2020. 

Using job specification templates is highly recommended. In addition, it could also pay to keep a learnings document of successful and unsuccessful recruitment campaigns you have been involved in before. When it comes to recruitment process steps, thorough planning and understanding what certain jobs entail should always be the first port of call. 

Understand what the company needs when hiring

More and more companies are placing a greater emphasis on implementing a positive working culture. It is likely that cultures will change across businesses as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Therefore, it is always worth checking in with clients you have previously worked with to see what kind of person they are looking for, and what kind of skills. Companies will need to adapt and re-assess, and it is the job of a recruiter to ensure that candidates are a good fit for new company goals and aspirations. 

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Picking out the best can be difficult when you have many high-quality candidates to consider. By knowing the company requirements, you should find it to easier to decide which candidates should progress in the hiring process. 

Screen candidates and set barriers 

Automation is a great way of streamlining the hiring process. If you can provide a small number of key questions, this will help you to save time when putting candidates forward for interview. You could include questions based on qualifications, years of experience and industry-specific knowledge. Assessment scores are another great way of finding out which applicants can move on to the next stage. Outside of automation, telephone screening barriers are also useful. This is a great option for ‘first round’ interviews and it can really help your process to move quickly.

Communicate clearly with candidates 

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It is important that you remain objective with all candidates. Furthermore, it can really help you to streamline things if you are able to communicate clearly and effectively. A lack of updates or not following up conversations can lead to your inbox being clogged up. This can take up valuable time when you have deadlines to meet. Your role should be to identify which candidates are moving through the process, and which unfortunately are not suitable for the role. Ignoring candidates or not providing information can also lead to negative reviews of your company.  

Application process consistency 

When you are planning the hiring process on behalf of a company, it is important that all steps are carried out in full. If your recruitment campaign has various stages before the interview, it is important that all candidates have the same process. Furthermore, it is worth documenting these steps to ensure that you stay on track with the progress of the job seekers you are working with. Otherwise, the process may become messy and you may accidentally favour or rule out certain people. 

If you are looking for more information on how to recruit the best talent, visit Zoek today! Alternatively, check out our Info Hub for more tips and advice. 

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