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Great Talent – How To Find And Recognize Fast

Most growing businesses will have stories to tell about hiring decisions that went wrong in one way or another.  Hiring mistakes can range from not targeting the right audience or lack of proper recruiting tools to bringing the wrong person on board for a critical position. One of the more common and often overlooked recruiting mistakes, however, is to let great talent slip away without truly realizing the cost of such a mistake. In fact, in many cases, employers and recruiters may not recognize this until it is too late.

Being aware of these risks is crucial to implementing an effective hiring plan and to ensure that you are identifying and attracting great talent for your team.

Know exactly what you are looking for

Start with an absolutely clear job description. One of the most effective ways to recognize and attract great talent is to first understand clearly what your company needs to be successful. What qualities and attributes would your ideal candidate possess?  Create a detailed profile and set of criteria that paint a picture of the kind of talent your company would want to bring on board.  Every member of the hiring team should be aware of this checklist and what would make a good match for the open position. While it is not always possible to find a hire that is an exact match to what you are looking for, you can still find great talent and a good match by following some good recruiting practices. Clearly outlining your needs and the qualities that you are looking for in your candidates is certainly one of the first steps to a powerful recruiting process and in identifying great talent.

Create a hiring routine

In order to effectively compare one candidate to another, they need to have been assessed on the same scale.  This requires you to implement a consistent hiring process that involves asking each interviewee the same questions and evaluating them on a similar criteria.  Have a handful of important questions that you think are most imperative to determining the potential of a candidate and in identifying great talent.  The responses to each of these questions given by each candidate should be recorded in detail.  Organization and structure are imperative for a consistent interview process, which is essential for recognizing great talent that would stand out from the rest.

Leverage recruitment technology that covers all your needs

Unaided, the recruiting process can result in an influx of information that can quickly make the hiring team feel overwhelmed.  Powerful recruiting tools are designed to make the recruiting and hiring processes more efficient and effective by helping you get a lot done in a short amount of time.  With the right recruiting software, you are able to leverage powerful features like applicant tracking, social media recruiting and employee referrals.  Each of these capabilities helps you compete effectively for great talent. You can identify and engage with the highest quality potential hires as you process candidates through your recruitment funnel, while staying organized throughout the process.

Act fast when you find great talent

Getting the right people on board as quickly as possible is the best way to ensure success. You certainly do not want your competitors to scoop up great talent simply because you are not able to move fast enough. Staying organized is the easiest way to hire faster and more effectively. You need to know which candidates are top prospects, which candidates you’ve interviewed and which candidates should receive an immediate offer. Your recruiting software tools need to provide the latest and fastest functionality for screening applicants, automatically rating incoming applications, interviewing selected candidates and consolidating all feedback and evaluation scores. The system needs to help your drive your recruitment process to fast completion so you can quickly identify the best candidates and hire great talent.

These tips directly target the effectiveness of your company’s hiring process. Finding and eventually hiring great talent starts with creating a clear understanding of your needs and then relies a lot on your ability to manage your sourcing and hiring processes i an organized and efficient way.

What are some of the recruitment practices that help you find and attract great talent?

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