A business is a well-oiled machine, relying on the seamless execution of a number of processes to drive it forward. Disruptions and delays (bottlenecks) will occur unless you keep these processes in ship shape. In the hiring process, bottlenecks are more than just an inconvenience. They can damage company culture and tarnish your brand – making it more difficult to attract and hire top talent. Smoothing out bumps in the road before they turn into more serious issues is essential to the ongoing success of your recruiting and hiring efforts.
That said, here are two major causes of bottlenecks in the hiring process — and ways to avoid each one:
Communication breakdown. Breakdowns in communication — both internally and with applicants — make you look bad to candidates, not to mention the increased time to hire for new employees. Dragging candidates along and changing the rules of engagement from one manager to the next will hurt your ability to hire anyone at all.
Get proactive and minimize the chance for breakdowns by establishing expectations and define your process upfront with all parties involved (including candidates). Hiring and recruiting is largely a collaborative effort, and establishing ground rules for everyone involved will help reduce bottlenecks from interview to hire.
Living in the Dark Ages. Without the proper technology, the sheer volume of applications a single online job posting attracts can be nearly impossible to manage. As such, many organizations experience delays at the onset recruiting—which is frustrating for candidates and hiring managers alike. Accepting resumes and screening for experience and qualifications are a part of the process, but applicants perceive that nothing is happening until an interview takes place.
Online application and screening tools help companies maintain momentum by reducing time spent in this initial stage. If you don’t have an applicant tracking system, you need to get one. The first step toward minimizing bottlenecks in hiring is automating the most menial aspects of hiring so you can focus on engagement.
Best Practices are the Cure for Hiccups
Strategic staffing requires the cooperation and shared effort of multiple parties, and as with any business process, hiccups and delays in hiring will happen. With a sound process in place that keeps stakeholders informed and engaged, however, bottlenecks will be fewer and further between. By incorporating the best practices that make the most sense to your organization—and by leveraging solid technology—you’ll be better prepared to deal with any other flaws that emerge.
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