Finding quality employees is difficult in any economic climate, especially if you run a niche business. Submitting job postings online does not take too much time, but it does not always yield great results either. How are some ways that your business could streamline its hiring process? We have a few tips that you may find useful.
Create a Rigorous List of Necessary Skills
One of the most significant mistakes that employers make is not properly listing the skills necessary for a job. Too many companies are vague about what a job entails, or how much educational or work experience is necessary for the job. That leads to far too many applications.
If you want to know how to improve the hiring process, start by creating a rigorous list of the necessary skills and education for your job opening. Close your eyes and imagine your ideal hire. How many years have they worked in the industry? Where did they go to school? What degrees do they possess?
Think of those requirements when you write your next job posting.
Require a Specialized Cover Letter
Having candidates submit resumes online is not always the most useful way of hiring for a job opening. Even if you require applicants to submit a cover letter, ensure that it is specialized to your posting.
Ask specific questions of the clients and expect them to answer these queries within the cover letter. That should not only deter some from applying, but help you better acquaint yourself with those that do finish the application.
Start with Skype Interviews
There is little need to have 15 or 20 people show up to your offices for a job interview, when you could do the first round of interviews on Skype, FaceTime or any other video chatting interface.
When you have narrowed down the field to four or five candidates, you can have them come in for an in-person interview before you make a final decision on who to hire.