These days, there seems to be an insatiable demand for every job opening that gets posted, even for small- to medium-sized companies. Running an open recruitment call, rather than simply relying on word-of-mouth and referrals, ensures that you can choose from a much larger pool of available talent for a position, and also allows you to interview candidates with more diverse and varied backgrounds. However, many companies simply don’t have the personnel to respond efficiently to the deluge of inquiries received. Utilizing the following simple and effective online programs will allow you to benefit from the deep talent pool of an open recruitment without overwhelming your capacity to screen candidates appropriately.
The social media landscape of LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, etc. is vast and filled with posts that slip by interested parties due to sheer volume. But the fact remains that almost every candidate is active on at least one social media platform, and it can still be an incredibly useful aide for the recruiter. In order to stand out from the crowd, promote your posts to make them more visible and give them more staying power. The cost is typically reasonable, and the promoted link will lend your post credibility. You can also use the power of social media to target specific groups of candidates.
Video Calling Software (Skype/Google Hangouts)
Even after narrowing down your list of desirable candidates through phone interviews, you may still be left with too many to feasibly bring in for a face-to-face meeting, especially if you do significant recruiting outside of your area. Relying on video calling software is an inexpensive (often free!) way to get a better feel of the applicant’s personality in a real world setting and potentially eliminate those with whom you don’t connect. It’s even simple for the candidates to give interactive presentations through the software if the interview includes that component.
Applicant Tracking Software
Currently, there are many web-based applicant tracking applications which can be a cost-effective and intuitive way to manage your hiring process. Many of these systems will organize candidate data throughout the entire recruitment lifecycle, from the initial job posting to applicant background checks, allowing your HR team to focus more on the qualities and fit of candidates without getting bogged down in files. Thanks to the power of the cloud, these web-based systems will allow you to securely access recruitment information from anywhere, and the best quality programs will allow for levels of customization to increase productivity for your team.