It’s the employees that make a business. They’re the face of your company, the diligent workers that keep everything running smooth, and the innovative creatives that take your business to the next level.
When it comes to your company, it’s crucial to get hiring decisions just right, particularly in today’s exceptionally competitive job market. HR firms are always on the lookout for new ideas to help clients do just that. Here’s how you can put the new hiring trends and best practices to work for your business so you can land the ideal workers for your next job push.
New Hiring Trends
Get a Jump on Your 2018 Hiring
When it comes to your business’s workforce planning for 2018, it pays to start early. Recruitment results can benefit from planning across your whole organization. Companies of all sizes are rethinking their talent acquisition processes. In return, they’re gaining more lead time for hiring while also finding better candidate fits.
With the improving economy, more than half of recruiters expect to increase their hiring volume in 2018, particularly to support business growth. So it’s especially important to get specific about your hiring plans early while remaining flexible as needs change.
Invest in Junior-Level Searches
Many firms are prioritizing entry-level hiring and investing more in a new crop of junior-level employees. Some HR advisors agree: junior-level positions, say those asking for five years of experience, are some of the hardest to fill.
As the economy continues to improve, it makes sense for many employers to invest in the training and development of these employees. This is particularly true of Gen Z employees, who are said to demonstrate a soft skills gap in the workplace. So for entry-level positions, finding the right fit is about developing the potential of these younger workers.
Embrace Technological Innovation
When it comes to technology and human resources, the future is right around the corner. Talent analytics continues to advance, as growing data on hiring is mined by AI systems for more in-depth insights into hiring best practices.
Technology also plays a role in a trend to broaden sourcing scope. Tech tools can help employers identify top performers internally, reducing costs, expediting talent searches, and even increasing productivity.
But don’t fret. Technology isn’t going to replace the human factor in hiring anytime soon. It may even help improve interpersonal connections between companies and candidates, as many firms look to tech solutions to improve the candidate experience with chatbots and automated applicant status updates.
Hiring Best Practices
Balance Experience and Personality
It’s perennial good advice for hiring managers to strike a balance between experience and personality in a hiring search. Focusing too much on one or the other can result in costly mistakes in employee hiring in the long run.
While it’s true that potential is increasing in importance for younger candidates among HR professionals, it’s not wise to take too much of a gamble when it comes to your key positions. Such employees might have great potential, but they also might run your department into the ground before they realize that potential.
On the other hand, relying too much on experience can also be a problem. Even with years of ideal experience, a personality that doesn’t fit your company culture could become toxic or poison in the workforce. It’s key for employers to balance these factors, making sure the company and job is a right fit for everyone.
Emphasize Company Values
Your business is more than just the work that gets done each day. Unlike any other business, your company has a unique culture. Employees look for different things than they once did. So company values and culture can be key to attracting and retaining the best talent.
Understand what your ideal candidate will want out of a job and communicate that in writing. Use the job description to explain your company culture, the value of a home/work balance, job perks, and why working for you will be ideal. Just as they need to sell themselves to you, you need to sell yourself to them in today’s competitive marketplace.
Be Consistent and Prudent in Your Hiring
One of the best practices a hiring manager can embrace is consistency. Make sure that whatever you communicate in the job posting is exactly what you put forth during the interview process, making expectations clear to the candidates.
Finally, be prudent in the hiring decisions you make. Common mistakes include jumping at the first candidate that comes along, hiring for immediate needs and ignoring future considerations, and hiring narrow skill sets. The results of such mistakes can be frustrating for employers as well as new hires.
The truth is that ethics and integrity are a vital part of today’s workplace. Job seekers are desperate to find a company whose culture, ethics, and values match their passion. The more ethically you behave and the more consistent your message, goal setting, and mission statement, the better quality workers you will attract with integrity.
Stay Ahead of the Curve
Today’s job seekers are looking for a great fit as much as you and your business are. It’s crucial to pay attention to today’s best practices and emerging trends in employee hiring to make sure you find the talent you need.
If you want a business-driven HR strategy that will set you up for success in employee hiring and management, QuadWest can help. Read about our services and give us a call for more information today!