You only have a short window to impress a potential candidate, so think about “What’s in it for Them” when you are approaching potential candidates. Most of the time a candidate will consider the opportunity with you based on a few criteria such as Salary, Location, Title and Company. It’s up to you to get beyond these basic facts and convey “Why You?”. This is vital with passive candidates, standing out from the crowd makes all the difference.
Use Your Existing Networks for Referrals
Your existing employees will all have fantastic networks, so having a strong candidate referral scheme will help to engage your staff in actively work on your behalf to find new employees. They will all be very active on Facebook, LinkedIn and other social media so this should always be the first place to look. Uncovering great talent can be made easier by working with your internal employees.
If you are recruiting, then ensure that you go back to every candidate who applies to work with you, leaving a good impression on them about your company, regardless of whether or not they secured the position. Companies who leave it days and days to get get back to people, even candidates they want to hire, are always going to lose out on the best talent. We see it on a daily basis, and always encourage our clients to get back to us quickly on great candidates so that they don’t miss out.
- Do you have a clear company vision and mission statement?
- Is your company’s vision & mission statement clearly understood by your employees?
- Does your Leadership Team visit employees, at different sites, or in the field?
- Do your Senior Management listen to employees input and follow up with action?
- Do you conduct regular employee surveys to assess employee satisfaction?
- Can your staff easily access information about products/services, HR policies, and operational procedures?
- Do you have a formal training and development program?
- On average, how many hours of training per year does each employee receive?
- Does your new-hire training program equip new hires with the necessary skills and resources to do their jobs well?
- Do you solicit employee and management feedback on what works well and what needs to improve in employee training?
- Do managers and supervisors know how to give effective coaching to employees?
- Are your managers and supervisors rewarded for growing talent?
- Do you offer internal promotions and make it easy for employees to apply?
- Do you have a formal performance management program?
- Are managers held accountable for reviewing employee performance regularly?
- Do you offer flexible work arrangements & benefits that meet your employees needs?