4 Steps To Improve Your Interview Process So You Don’t Miss Out On Top Talent
04 February 2019, By Veronique Battour
Whether you are an employee or an employer, this short read will be beneficial for both sides of the fence.
Hiring remains very competitive today, and that means the recruiting process often drags on much longer than most companies anticipate.
Highly skilled and experienced candidates are scarce, meaning job seekers can afford to be very choosy. As these professionals are actively looking for work, they may receive multiple offers and it’s not unusual for companies to find that their top candidate for a position has accepted a job with another firm.
It’s understandable that you don’t want to rush the hiring process but employers need to make their process quicker. Making the wrong hiring decision can prove very costly to the business; but, taking too long can prove just as costly as you could end up losing out on the very best applicants by subjecting them to a lengthy hiring process.
Make your process quicker and don’t prolong the interview process.
Have a streamline process to screening candidates - Selecting the best fit for the role is not an easy task, but making an effort to streamline the process can improve your chances of finding the right fit before a competitor beats you to it.
Conduct thorough pre-screening – Create a template and ensure you ask all the relevant questions during this stage. As a result you will have a very good overview of candidates’ strengths and weaknesses by the interviews; so you don’t really need to conduct a 3rd and 4th interview.
Prepare the interview panel for interviews – It’s all well and good if you want to facilitate interviews, but if you’re interview panel is not available, you will struggle to keep the process smooth and quick. Our tip is to ensure you communicate with the interview panel that interviews will be occurring and block out some tentative times for interviews in their diary.
Try to stick to a two interview process - Although interviewing candidates is important, it is also very time-consuming and costly. The average interview takes around 60 minutes and includes at least two interviewers. That’s a lot of hours spent on interviews. To avoid wasting time, have a clear structure of your interview questions you want to ask at both interview stages.
Don’t lose out on the top talent just because of an inefficient hiring process, if you implement these above four tips, you will certainly be on the right path to an efficient hiring process increasing your chances to acquire the top talent in the industry.