“The key for us, number one, has always been hiring very smart people.”
– Bill Gates, Microsoft
When the world’s top business magnate says something, you ought to agree with him, period.
Hiring the best/smartest candidate is undoubtedly one of the most important aspects that determines the success of any organization. True, all of us are aware of it but what most recruiters want to know is how to hire the best candidate.
Every time you are told to source a candidate for a particular post, you find yourself at crossroads. How and where to start your smart search?
If you share the same feeling and want to get your hands on simple yet super-effective tips to source the best candidate then this article is exactly what you are looking for. Enjoy reading these tips!
Tip #1: Know What You Want
Starting with the basics, you need to know what type of candidate you actually want. Most of people start sourcing candidates for the job opening with just the generic job details. In order to source the best candidate for a particular job, it becomes indispensable that you put in some extra efforts to have a deeper insight into the job profile for which you are making the search.
It is always better to talk to the people under whose guidance the person will work to feed your sourcing process with the right blend of knowledge and expertise.
Tip #2: Don’t Satiate Your Talent Hunt In The Initial Phase
It is a known fact that not every recruiter is able to find the right talent in the initial phase of his or her talent sourcing. You need to search more. Don’t end your candidate sourcing process after going through 5 or 10 resumes. Dig a little deeper. Remember, you want nothing but the best for your organization even if it takes a bit longer to get the right candidate.
Instead of using the FIFO (First In First Out) sourcing method, you should try the BIFO (Best In First Out) methodology to source the right candidate. Analyze a number of candidates to find the best one.
Tip #3 Be A Good Interviewer
Interviews are, undoubtedly, the most important part of the job search process. According to a study from Glassdoors, a leading recruiting site, for every job opening, a company gets around 250 resumes. This makes it indispensable for you to have extraordinary interview skills to filter out the right candidate from this number.
Prepare a questionnaire to unveil the hidden aspects of the candidate. In fact, you should use practical approaches in your interviews too. Don’t be afraid to test the candidate’s knowledge and skills.
Tip #4: Try Social Sourcing
According to Jobvite, around 92% of recruiters use social media to source the right candidate. While some use the new Facebook tool like Graph Search in their recruitment process, others can be seen using various other social media platforms like LinkedIn, Twitter, Outlook, Snapchat etc.
You should also check the social media account of the probable candidate as it tells a lot more about them.
Tip #5: Post Captivating Job Adverts
While you are busy searching talent for your organization, other candidates out there may be going through the various job portals; reviewing which company to apply for. If you have not posted a captivating advertisement on these portals then chances are that a potential candidate may just overlook your job posting.
Also, post an engaging advert on social media as more than 79% of job seekers look out on various social platforms for their job search.
Tip #6: Try Out Referral Programs
There is a saying in the recruitment world, “Top talents know other top talents”. If you are proud of your existing team and want someone who works like them, then try out referral programs. If your employees are good and talented, they will definitely have a circle of people sharing the same characteristics.
Encourage your best talent to refer their friends or acquaintances for your organization and offer added benefits if they refer the person you end up hiring.
Tip #7: Keep A Track Of The Entire Process
One of the most important tips for sourcing the right candidate is to monitor the recruitment process and analyze and optimize it at every step. Keeping a track of the hiring process will help you improve and incorporate important features in your job search.
With the data that you store, you will know how many applications you usually need before you find the right candidate, where you need to search, where to work on and other important things.
It’s time you use these tips and delve into your recruitment process. Incorporate them effectively and become a smart recruiter!
Anurag Gupta handles all the recruitment processes of PlacementIndia which is India’s leading online placement agency. His write-ups on effective candidate sourcing are posted on various portals. To know more about him and read his insights on jobs and interviews you can check out his blogs on PlacementIndia.com.