Running a company isn’t always the easiest thing in the world. You often have to make tough decisions with incomplete information, using your gut instinct instead of any hard data.
The same is very much true of the hiring process. Bringing new people into a firm is never easy because you don’t quite know what you’re going to get. Candidates never show you everything upfront. And even if they wanted to, doing so in the short space of an interview would be nigh on impossible.
So in an environment like this, what can the average business do to improve its hiring? Take a look at some of these ideas.
Outsource Your Hiring Administration
As a company, you still need to have a direct say over who you hire. But that doesn’t mean that you need to perform all tasks associated with bringing new people into the business. Getting a payroll provider to take care of the accounting, for instance, frees up your time dramatically.
Remember, outsourcing the legwork to people who can just get on and do it gives you more agility. If a new hire isn’t working, you don’t have to worry about the overhead of moving them off the payroll or sorting out their year-end taxes. Somebody else will do that for you. Similarly, you don’t need to consider whether your in-house admin team can deal with the additional workload if you go on a hiring spree. That’s somebody else’s problem when you outsource.
Create Novel Selection Criteria
Over the next few months, most firms are going to get more job applications for specific roles than normal. Unemployment is higher than it has been for several years. In some industries, hundreds of applicants will apply for each opening.
For that reason, selection criteria are coming to the fore. Companies need to develop robust policies for who should move to the interview stage, and who shouldn’t.
The usual approach is just to pick people with the most experience and education. But that isn’t necessarily the best policy. Often some highly skilled people don’t have a 4.0 GPA and didn’t go to the best schools. It’s your job to come up with criteria that root them out.
Find Out What Your Competitors Are Doing
Selling isn’t the only competitive thing that your business does. The other is hiring. You want the best people – and so do your competitors. So you are in a constant tug-of-war with them, trying to attract the top talent.
For this reason, engaging in a bit of competitive snooping is a good idea. Just as with other aspects of business, you want to find out what your rivals are doing. How are they managing to attract the best people? And what kind of perks are they using?
Pick A Good Job Description
Finally, you can often save yourself a lot of time by simply getting the job description right. Doing this will attract the top candidates for your particular fields while putting off anyone who isn’t suitable.