How Can You Balance Quick Hiring With Candidate Quality?

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    How Can You Balance Quick Hiring With Candidate Quality?

    In the fast-paced world of recruitment, HR leaders are often caught between the need for speed and the pursuit of the perfect candidate. We've gathered insights from HR Managers and CEOs to share their strategies and real-life examples. From strategizing for efficient candidate alignment to employing programmatic job advertising for better reach, explore six expert takes on this delicate balancing act.

    • Strategize for Efficient Candidate Alignment
    • Introduce 'Introduction Calls' for Efficiency
    • Leverage AI for Quick Quality Hires
    • Avoid Rushed Decisions with Costly Outcomes
    • Utilize a Passive Pool for Speedy Hiring
    • Employ Programmatic Job Advertising for Reach

    Strategize for Efficient Candidate Alignment

    Balancing the need for swift hiring with the quest for the best candidate requires a strategic approach. Rather than rushing the process, it should be characterized by thoughtful consideration. Start by fostering alignment between recruiters/HR and hiring managers on the ideal candidate profile, based on observed success factors within the team. Once this profile is established, actively seek candidates who closely match these criteria.

    Avoid the temptation to delay the decision-making process by waiting for more applicants. If a candidate aligns with the ideal profile, act promptly to prevent a prolonged hiring cycle. This not only enhances the candidate experience but also prevents job postings from becoming stagnant over extended periods.

    To facilitate a more efficient process, share relevant data with decision-makers, such as the average number of interviews candidates undergo and the duration of each stage. Compare this information with benchmarks for a best-in-class hiring process, enabling leaders to identify areas for improvement and streamline the overall recruitment process.

    Scott Johnson
    Scott JohnsonHR Manager

    Introduce 'Introduction Calls' for Efficiency

    To balance quick hiring with finding the best candidate, we've refined our recruitment process to be both efficient and effective. For instance, we introduced 'Introduction Calls' as a first step in our hiring process. This involves having a brief call with potential candidates before proceeding to more formal interview stages. This step allows us to quickly assess fit, both in terms of skills and company culture, without committing to lengthy interview processes from the start.

    This approach has significantly improved our hiring speed without sacrificing quality. By ensuring candidates align with our requirements early on, we can focus our efforts on those most likely to succeed in the role, thus streamlining the process. This method has led to higher satisfaction rates among hiring managers and candidates alike, as it respects everyone's time while maintaining our standards for excellence.

    Ana Alipat
    Ana AlipatRecruitment Team Lead, Dayjob Recruitment

    Leverage AI for Quick Quality Hires

    We sometimes need to hire quickly without sacrificing our commitment to finding the best candidates. That's why we've integrated AI into our hiring process. AI helps us filter candidates, matching their skills with our exact needs, and we even conduct first-round interviews with AI to further narrow down the field. This saves us significant time in the early stages. For example, when we urgently needed to hire Salesforce CPQ experts, AI scanned resumes, pinpointed the best matches, and even conducted initial interviews. This meant we could focus on in-depth technical assessments and face-to-face interviews with only the most qualified individuals, letting us fill the positions quickly without compromising on quality.

    Jyoti Tewari
    Jyoti TewariDirector HR, Webuters Technologies Pvt Ltd

    Avoid Rushed Decisions with Costly Outcomes

    It is always tempting to prioritize hiring someone who is 'good enough' or about whom you have mixed feelings for the sake of filling spots; however, the long-term effect can be damaging. Hiring—and then firing—the wrong person can be costly, more so than waiting a little while longer for the right candidate to come around.

    Corey Schwitz
    Corey SchwitzCEO & Founder, Skydog Ops

    Utilize a Passive Pool for Speedy Hiring

    More than ever, companies are focused on speedy hiring. They're well aware of the costs involved in employee turnover and often turn to my recruiting firm because they know we can help find excellent candidates without a dragging process.

    At Bemana, I rely on a passive pool of workers to accomplish this. Far too many firms only stay in contact with workers when they're hiring in their field, but this is a mistake. Candidates are more likely to hear you out when you've already established a long-term relationship with them—they trust you have their best interests at heart.

    Maintaining a passive candidate pool requires regular engagement with employees, and we accomplish this in a few ways. Communication lines stay open, we offer no-charge career advice, and are always on hand to help negotiate salaries and benefits for our candidates.

    The result is a flexible pool of workers that we can reach out to at a moment's notice, ensuring our clients aren't waiting for callbacks.

    Linn Atiyeh
    Linn AtiyehCEO, Bemana

    Employ Programmatic Job Advertising for Reach

    I understand the challenge of balancing the need to hire quickly while also finding the best candidate for the job. One strategy that can help achieve this balance is using programmatic job advertising, such as Appcast. This approach involves leveraging software to distribute job ads across various online platforms, like job boards and social media.

    For example, let's say I need to fill a crucial position urgently but still want to find the perfect fit. By utilizing programmatic job advertising through a platform like Appcast, I can ensure that my job ad reaches the right audience. This targeted approach speeds up the hiring process without compromising on candidate quality.

    In action, this means I can effectively manage my recruitment budget, reduce costs, and improve the overall quality of applicants. With programmatic job advertising, I can strike the right balance between speed and quality in hiring, ensuring I find the best candidate for the job while meeting tight deadlines.

    Phil Mcparlane
    Phil McparlaneFounder & CEO, 4DayWeekJobs