When it’s done well and according to a time-tested process, recruiting can provide a high return on investment for any organization. Like an engine that’s been carefully calibrated and maintained, recruiting provides the foundational manpower by which all businesses thrive. Yet, few too many companies realize this soon enough, instead suffering with losses stemming from poorly managed recruitment processes.
Developing a Better Process with a Recruiting Checklist
It may seem simple, but a recruiting checklist can improve the recruiting process in many ways. That is, if it’s developed by an experienced recruiting team and designed to meet the needs of the business. The main idea of using a recruiting checklist is to avoid missing or making errors with any crucial steps in the process of sourcing, interviewing, and onboarding any new employees.
To help you get started, here is a basic recruiting checklist that can help to improve your process.
- Source candidates from trusted sources. The places you look for new hires can directly influence the quality of the employees you end up. Consider the advantages of working with an industry staffing agency that’s familiar with your unique needs. Frequenting social networks or general resume directories will not produce the kind of results you need to build your team.
- Carefully screen and interview every candidate. In recruiting, it’s never a good idea to select candidates based on their appearance or resume information. Instead, use unbiased candidate selection tools that include a combination of phone screening, group and individual interviewing, and skills assessments. Check previous employment references as part of this step.
- Use a branded recruitment package. The impression you make with candidates from the start comes from your corporate brand. The way you deliver this brand also matters. When working with candidates, take the time to distribute a branded recruitment package that includes an overview of the company within the industry, and a general outline of compensation and benefits.
- Schedule the orientation day to meet business needs. Instead of reacting to personnel shortages, a recruitment checklist should proactively meet the human capital needs of each phase of growth. Schedule a structured orientation program to take place each month on a specific day. This ensures a more productive onboarding process for all new hires.
As part of your recruitment strategy, it’s important that you also have a system for supporting new hires and giving them the tools to be successful. The more time you spend with candidates in the recruiting checklist steps above, the better the results will be in terms of selecting the right people for your business.
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