As HR professionals continue to need to balance increasingly more responsibilities at a time, it’s perfectly understandable that you might be looking for ways to streamline your corporate recruiting process. This is even more important if your job ads are getting thousands of responses and your company is a particularly large organization with dozens or even hundreds of employees. However, you also want to keep the process personal, or your candidates will not be impressed. Here, we will review three ways your firm’s HR department can streamline the HR process while still keeping it personal.
1. Hire Outside Recruiters
You can outsource your recruiting process to a professional recruiter and still maintain a personal feel with the candidates your firm does have contact with. This is because professional recruiters have to be personable and likable individuals to recruit the right talent for each position. They talk to all the serious candidates but only put forth the best ones for you to interact with. Furthermore, if a recruiter forms a good working relationship with your company, he or she can come to understand exactly what you’re looking for. Some recruiters only work for a handful of organizations and are able to offer a truly personalized experience for your candidates, with your HR department barely needing to be involved. This streamlines the process tremendously.
2. Applicant Tracking Systems
The very thing that job seekers rail against as being responsible for depersonalizing hiring actually can maintain the personal feel while still streamlining the process. Modern applicant tracking systems allow your firm to organize and communicate with each applicant for a position, as well as allows HR to collaborate with others in your company who are involved in the hiring process. A good candidate applicant tracking system helps you weed through the many applications you likely get and eliminate those that appear to be unqualified. High quality applicant tracking systems decrease hiring time tremendously and allow you to communicate with applicants through every part of the process, even if it’s just to send a massive e-mail turning the non-finalists down. These types of software are only impersonal if you don’t utilize their communication abilities to their full potential.
3. Employee Management Software
Employee management software not only makes it easier for HR specialists to track employees but it also makes it easier to communicate with each employee on a personal level. The goal of this software is to provide HR departments the power to easily provide timely feedback to every employee they manage. Employee management software is not just useful for HR departments; it is also useful for other managers in your company. When employees can provide and receive instant feedback, they can adjust accordingly without long periods of time passing with the same mistakes being made. This software also increases the efficacy of annual evaluations, which helps the company in achieving its overall objectives.
As we continue to streamline processes to make all aspects of business easier, it’s always important to never forget the personal touch. This is even more important in HR because the whole point of HR is to deal with people, both employees and potential recruits. Thus, appearing to be impersonal can have a highly negative impact on your company. On the other hand, modern HR workers are frequently overwhelmed. It’s important to find and integrate software like a human resource information system, which makes it easier for employees and candidates to be managed but also allows for direct and prompt communication with them, into your HR department. Utilize these recruiting methods correctly and your HR and recruiting will both operate smoothly.
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