Most advice on improving quality of hire will mention “getting executive buy-in” on both the importance of quality hiring and what types of people they think the organization needs or where the strategy is going.
As many recruiters know, however, getting executive buy-in for recruiting efforts can be a challenge.
The biggest ways for a recruiter to improve their quality of hire are to do some of the following:
Use technology wisely
Look at the data: where in the hiring funnel are things dropping off?
Revisit the metrics associated with someone defined as a quality hire
Build better relationships with hiring managers
Those are the “big four” ways to improve quality of hire. Continue reading
Many recruiters don’t consider the psychology of how to approach different industries and verticals, even though they’re recruiting human beings, so psychology is going to play a role somewhere.
Here are 5 steps to understanding the psychology of candidates for financial institutions.
Step 1: Make sure you’re undeniably professional
While financial services are now embracing digital and mobile and tech overall, it’s still a traditional industry in terms of processes and behaviours.
And because salaries for early-stage career hires are higher than in many other industries, there’s an expectation of professionalism throughout the process. This means making sure you’re on time to all meetings, presenting well physically for any in-person appointments, and having strong grammar in any email correspondence. Continue reading
The process of building out a very strong recruiting team is often one of the biggest challenges managers face.
How can your recruiting team be more effective? Here are a few things to consider.
An intro to effective team-building
Here’s a useful article detailing five strategies for a high impact team.
There’s some good stuff in there including the power of simplicity in business. They also talk about vulnerability and humility, which are very good traits, especially for the team leader.
One interesting thing in the article is an idea that “team-building is not a cocktail party.”
What does that mean? Continue reading
In 2018, employers are looking to hire more than ever before, while many employees are looking for a change.
According to a recent study by CareerBuilder, an astounding 40 percent of employees reported that they plan to change jobs in 2018. With so many candidates applying to jobs, companies are going to have to step up their game to attract the most qualified applicants and organize them once they’ve applied.
That’s where finding the best Applicant Tracking System comes into play.
What is an Applicant Tracking System?
An Applicant Tracking System, also known as an ATS or talent management system, is an easy-to-use computer-based hiring tool that can help recruiters save time and stay organized as they search for the best candidates. Continue reading
At its core, hiring is trying to predict the future: how do we predict which candidate will become a good employee? And how can we know who will be retained?
New approaches in talent prediction have emerged with the adoption of AI for recruiting to complement the predictive power of psychometric assessments.
Industry analysts agree that AI technology is a force multiplier for pre-hire assessments.
In our new video, Kathryn Christie, Director of Talent & Strategy at Self Management Group and I explain the intriguing way AI and assessments are being combined to help recruiters find better talent.
Integrating AI and assessments into your recruiting workflow looks like this:
A candidate applies; their resume enters a company’s ATS. Continue reading
With the rise of chatbots, conversational recruiting has become the hottest strategy in talent acquisition.
A recent demonstration of Google’s Assistant scheduling a haircut blew people’s minds and hints at the intriguing future of what conversational recruiting could look like.
Conversational recruiting is defined as attracting, qualifying, and engaging candidates with real-time, continuous one-on-one messaging. These conversations are flexible and take place where candidates already are: on mobile, social media, and messaging apps.
Already common in sales and marketing, conversational commerce is the adoption of real-time messaging with people, brands, products, and services.
The technological advancement that enabled conversational commerce to happen was the merging artificial intelligence with everyday consumer interactions. Continue reading
Communication among recruiting teams can be a pretty messy situation. Ask 100 recruiters about their least favourite thing about their job. The answers would probably include:
Poor or a lack of communication in the workplace
Too much task work and top-of-funnel activities
We’ve already talked several times about reducing task work (e.g., automate the top of funnel activities), so let’s discuss communication.
There are two major issues around communication on teams:
The caring aspect: Communication in the workplace drives everything — how can you know what to do if someone isn’t communicating it? — but it’s often viewed as a “soft skill.” As a result, many people ignore communication and focus on tasks or revenue-facing activities. Continue reading
What should you be doing as a recruiter? Most would answer this by simply shifting the word: You should be recruiting, of course.
Makes logical sense. But recruiting involves lots of different things:
Working with hiring managers
Moving through the process
Working with HR on an offer
It’s a lot. There are theoretically 40 work hours in a work week, although many of us do work more.
Science has shown that about 55 hours/week is a hard ceiling on productivity. That’s 10+ hours/day Monday to Friday.
A percentage of that time will be taken up by calls and meetings. Continue reading
To most people, recruiting is “a HR thing.” That’s the silo it belongs to. Silos are very prevalent in business. In fact, Machiavelli discussed silos in 1513.
But we also work in a time when collaboration is super important. Teams are scattered all over the country or even the world, and the strategy often involves a “road map,” which means A needs to be finished before B gets started. Groups need to come together to hit goals.
The “knowledge economy” we often reference is really a “collaboration economy.” Collaboration and silos don’t typically go well together.
All this said, what other departments should talent acquisition be working with the most? Continue reading
About 5 years ago, I had the opportunity to talk to some executives at one of the biggest technical recruiting firms in North America. They pointed me towards one of their recruiters, who was generating more money for the firm than anyone, as well as bigger placements.
The funny thing was, though, she never worked on open requisitions, which was the strategy of 99% of the recruiters employed by the firm. Instead, she simply had built an amazing proactive pipeline, while it definitely took time – now she was just reaping the rewards of said proactive pipeline.
What is proactive recruiting? Continue reading