The hiring process for positions in tech can be just as frustrating for candidates as it is for recruiters. If the process is managed effectively, there should be no frustration at all, but this is not always the case. Tech poses a host of unique challenges for HR professionals because the industry evolves quickly, and so do your staffing needs. This constant cycle of change makes tech recruiting sometimes take longer than recruiting for other industries. There are strategies you can employ, though, to cut down on time-intensive aspects of the process and focus on filling tech positions efficiently.
Consider the following three ways to make your recruiting process easier for your company, your candidates and yourself. When it comes to tech, time is of the essence. Following these tips can boost your productivity and profits, but more importantly, it can help you draw in the best candidates and get ahead of the tech game.
Focus on Reducing Sourcing
Time spent sourcing is one of the greatest time-wasters in the average tech company’s recruiting process. Sourcing is certainly important—it helps you find outstanding candidates who may not have otherwise applied—but focusing too much on this part of hiring is often counterproductive. Consider what your average sourcing time per tech hire is. If you are spending more time on sourcing than on interviews and orientations, this may be a sign that you need to reorganize your recruiting efforts. Ideally, your sourcing time per tech hire should be equitable to the position’s salary and rank.
Stick to a Structured Protocol
Much time is wasted throughout the hiring process when recruiters deviate from the established protocol. If you do not have a set of defined hiring practices, this is even worse. Structure saves time and money, and without it, you will spend time making up the rules as you go rather than relying on a consistent system. Establish a structured protocol and staff structure in order to minimize this, and stick to it. This will make the recruiting process more efficient for both you and your candidates, which will save time and make the entire hiring experience more effective.
Consider Automated Screening
Tech, even more so than other industries, relies heavily on hiring for skills-intensive positions. Whereas other industries may have the leeway to train candidate extensively, in tech, you often must find applicants who possess the skills necessary and can apply them immediately. Weeding out unqualified and unskilled candidates can be a huge waste of time and burden on your overall recruiting process. It is not always easy to tell which candidates have the requisite skills and which do not. Automated screening—in the form of online quizzed and skills tests—can help you reduce time spent on this.
Recruiting and sourcing are time-intensive no matter how you slice it. With the right strategies, though, you can minimize wasted time and maximize the efficiency of the process. The success of your company depends on the quality of its staff, and with an effective recruiting process, yours can be the best.