Hiring your first employees is a big business milestone and it gives you the opportunity to push the company forward. Without a solid team behind you, you’re never going to get your business off the ground. That’s why it’s so important that you take your time and choose your first employees wisely. However, that does mean that the hiring process can be quite long and in some cases, expensive. When you’re trying to get a new business up and running, you can’t afford to dedicate all of your time to the hiring process. Luckily, there are ways to make it quicker and easier while still selecting great employees. These are some of the best ways to streamline your hiring process.
Write Detailed Job Descriptions
The more people you have applying, the more choice you have which is a good thing. But it does mean that you’ll have to spend longer cutting the list down and deciding who to invite to interview. That’s not too much of a problem if all of those people are eligible candidates but often, a lot of them won’t be. Some people might apply for the position even if they don’t have the relevant qualifications and experience so you’ve got to be clear on exactly what you’re looking for when you’re writing the job listing. List the minimum amount of experience and the qualifications that people need near the top so people know right away if they aren’t qualified for the position. You should also go into more detail about the day to day duties involved with the job and the specific skills that you’re looking for. If you give more detail in the job description, you’ll only get applications from people that are suitable for the job, which makes life easier for you.
Use Recruitment Software
You’re probably using various pieces of software in all different areas of your business to increase efficiency and improve the level of service that you offer to customers, so why should your hiring process be any different? You can use ELMO Software to streamline every single part of the hiring process from initial applications all the way through to the interview and the final decision making. As well as speeding things up, good recruitment software can also make the whole process cheaper which is especially important for new businesses that are trying to keep costs down.
Standardize Background Checks
If you make these simple changes to your hiring process, you can make it cheaper and more efficient while still making sure that you hire the best people for the job.
It’s important that you do background checks on people before you make your final decision because you need to know whether they have a criminal record and get some more information from previous employers about the quality of their work. If you’re going through the whole process and then doing this right before you decide to hire them, you might find that you have to start all over again if they don’t pass the background checks. It’s best to standardize your process for doing this and complete those checks earlier on so you don’t waste time with candidates that aren’t going to pass.
*This is a contributed post