Recruiting a new member for your team can be one of the most stressful parts of the business. Not only is it a time-consuming and complicated process, but it opens you up to so many potential issues if you aren’t careful enough to ensure the people you hire are exactly who they say they are. Fortunately, there are a great number of ways to ensure that your hiring process goes as smoothly as possible.
1. Write a Detailed Job Description
Believe it or not, the quality of your job description will play a major role in the quality of applicants applying for the position. If you take the extra time to write a detailed, informative, and precise description for your job posting, then you should note a marked increase in the number of high-quality, appropriately qualified responses.
There are many reasons why this method is effective, but the simplest way to understand it is to put yourself in the position of an applicant. When writing the description for a vacancy in your company, it is useful to ask yourself something; if you came across this description for a job you were considering, would you apply? If your answer is ever “No”, you need to figure out why and remedy it.
2. Request a Cover Letter
A quick and easy way to test your applicants’ quality is to request that all applications be made with a cover letter. Those who are serious about the position will submit one, and those who are just applying to as many positions as possible will not.
Immediately, you have a clear delineation of your applicants’ quality, but this method also offers additional information about your applicants in the content of the cover letters themselves. You can use this information to refine your shortlist for the role further, resulting from making a simple request in your job description.
3. Use a Background Check Service
Once you’ve narrowed your candidates down to a shortlist, you can save yourself a lot of worry and hassle by investing in the services of a background check company. Businesses like DataCheck offer easy and highly customizable services, through which you can ensure that you are absolutely satisfied with your potential hires before you go too far in the employment process.
4. Use an AI to Screen Applications
One of the best ways to filter out unsuitable applicants to your position is to check whether or not they meet the requirements for the job you’re offering. Unfortunately, this can be a long and monotonous process. One where you are simply trawling through hundreds of responses looking for the occasional resume that may be worth its salt.
There is, however, a way to cut down the time you have to spend trawling through resumes. In 2018 LinkedIn reported that, increasingly, AI has been helping to save time in hiring new applicants. This means that if you aren’t using an AI to help cut through the slog of hiring a new applicant, then you could be missing out on an incredibly useful tool.