How to recruit top talent
November 5, 2021
Recruiting top talent is a challenge in every industry, and in some industries hiring qualified people is especially competitive. HR professionals and hiring managers can be challenged and need to find the best ways to recruit these talented people. In this article, we explain how to recruit top talent, including how to attract potential high-quality candidates.
Recruiting is the act of finding high-quality candidates to hire, either while working as a recruiter or as a hiring manager. Hiring employees can be a challenging and time-consuming process, and every organization wants to ensure they have the best workforce possible. Recruiting talent isn't just receiving CV's and reading cover letters, companies also need to be attractive and proactive, to ensure that they can attract the best talent and increase top-talent retention.
So what happens once you've found someone who would be a good fit for your company? How do you move them through the hiring process? Here are some tips that might help:
Positive workplace culture is one of the most important aspects to recruiting and retaining top talent. Some examples of this include current employees who may be more likely to refer their talented friends for positions within your company, which can grow your talent pool. Other things that a positive work culture will do for you include developing and caring for the already high-quality employees in a way that doesn't typically happen in today's environment. It also makes it much less likely that new hires will leave after only a short time if their initial experience with your company isn't positive from start to finish.
A workplace culture requires all of its participants to be involved, with leadership in charge of developing the company's values and protecting employees from discrimination or harassment. Policies are crucial for ensuring that the company is consistently "open" to everyone, regardless of their ethnicity, gender, education or age.
One way to increase your talent pool and grow a positive reputation is by treating current employees well, which often has many benefits related to having a good workplace culture.
How your company treats its current employees can ensure the company's reputation remains positive, which can lure in top talent. HR and managers have a lot to do with how employees are treated on a daily basis. If your current employees are talented, you might also want to promote them or refer their friends and acquaintances for positions within your company. If potential employees research your company before making an employment decision they're considering (and find primarily positive information), it might make them choose your company over a competitor's.
Sometimes there are many ways to find candidates for open positions, such as your company's careers site, job boards, external recruiters, employee referrals and recruiting passive candidates. The way a company finds candidates is often unique to each industry and company. In a highly competitive industry, a company may rely more on recruiters and referrals; an industry with a large quality candidate pool might do well with posting job openings online.
Recruiting involves a mixture of all of the above methods, along with analysis of what is most useful for your company and which areas you could grow in. If you aren't getting a lot of applicants applying to your company through its careers site or job boards, you may need to shift towards recruiting passive candidates, reaching out to current employees for referrals, and taking a page from the recruiter playbook...
In some cases, it can be difficult to decide who should become a company's next employee. It usually includes an interview with the hiring manager and their team, but sometimes you might want to speed up the process by providing different types of interviewing opportunities for all potential candidates. You could perform the screening interview yourself, or use a professional recruitment software to monitor and compare feedback from each interviewer. Some other ways you could do this include having multiple team members meet with the candidate at once, or creating a standard list of questions that every candidate must answer.
Though some candidates seem like a dream, others might not be as honest. First, verify their credentials. Making sure that anyone you hire is truly capable of performing as well as they seem to be able is an important step in recruiting top talent. This might include verifying education and work experience or calling references.
Making an offer too quickly may make some candidates leery of accepting. However, someone who is actively looking might be more likely to accept your job offer, so being ready to offer a position to the ideal candidate quickly can help you fill the position faster and give you an opportunity to be more competitive with any other offers they have received.
The most highly qualified candidates can be confident in their qualifications and the demand for their skills, so if your company is the right fit they will show this through confidence. However, they aren't likely to sit around and wait to find out if your company will offer them a position, so don't take excessive time getting back to your top candidate with an offer they can't refuse!
If you declined high-quality candidates for certain positions but still think they would have been a good fit with your company, don't feel discouraged. Stay in touch with them! It may be the case that an opportunity opens up down the line when their skills become much needed, or another position comes along and you believe this previous candidate has the best talent in your industry.