Many leaders had to make some hard decisions in the last few months, as the economy was rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, with businesses opening back up, now is the perfect time to review your hiring process and get ready for the future.
Here are the 3 steps you need to take now to revamp your hiring process.
Lock Down Your Company Culture
Now more than ever, candidates care about culture. A study surveying Millennials revealed that 58% of Millennials would take a pay cut in exchange for work life balance, also ranking their quality of work environment over financial benefits. This isn’t to say that you can skimp on a salary! It shows that the majority of your future hires need your company to prioritize people.
How is communication in different departments? Do you have established channels to get feedback from your employees? How often are you investing in their development and continuing education?
Another question to ask yourself as a leader is about your company values. Is your vision fully realized? Is it communicated clearly to each of your employees? How are you taking steps as a company to make this vision come to life? Top tier candidates want to invest their talents into a team with a vision.
Brush Up Your Social Presence
The interview process isn’t just for you to learn about your candidates; they are also learning about you and your company culture.
“Job seekers aren’t going to end their investigation of your company with their job application,” says Jaime Faulkner, content manager for TTI Success Insights. “They’re going straight to your social media profiles to learn as much as they can about your culture, your interactions, and your brand.”
If a top candidate goes to your Twitter and sees your last tweet was in 2017, they’re going to lose faith in your communication and abilities as an organization. Your social media presence doesn’t have to rewrite the playbook, but it does need to be consistent.
Create a posting schedule that works with your business’ capacity and budget, and stick to it. Always make sure to interact with people who tag you and engage with your content as well.
Create a Benchmarking Process
You can’t afford a bad hire in the best of circumstances, much less right now! Find the right fit upfront by utilizing benchmarking in your hiring process.
Benchmarking is the process of creating an ideal profile for the role in question and then measuring candidates against that profile. It gives you unique insight into the skill set, behavioral style, and communication skills of each applicant. That information can help you make the educated decision you need to ensure the right hire.
Find the Perfect Fit
Doing this work upfront is your key to finding the right candidate. By firmly establishing your company culture, updating your social media presence, and taking advantage of benchmarking, you will create a clear path to building the best team for your business.