This guest post from Applicant Pro spells out how to attract top talent while minimizing the potential for risk.
As an HR professional, you know better than anyone how difficult it is to balance quality and quantity when recruiting top talent.
In this article, we'll explore 4 key questions that smart HR leaders ask when they begin the hiring process.
4 Keys to Hiring Top Talent
1. How Do I Develop a Recruiting Strategy?
Start with the basics by first understanding your company’s business model. How many people are you planning to hire? Determine how your team measures success:
- Overall number of applicants?
Once you’ve nailed down some basics, your next step is to start online, since that’s where ninety percent of applicants begin their job search. When it comes to attracting quality candidates, you want to cast the widest net possible, and then filter it down to your most desirable job seekers.
2. Why Should I Customize My Job Listings?
First, create a career site if you don’t have one already. Secondly, start advertising your job openings on aggregators like Indeed.com, but keep in mind that to maximize the benefits of these recruiting mediums, you’ll have to create a job ad that caters to each site’s specific design.
3. How Can I Highlight My Company’s Best Assets?
Top performers at your company are the single most under-utilized resource available. Not only should you ask them what drew them to your company in the first place (don’t skimp on the details), but you can also inquire about what keeps them around and motivates them to perform.
It’s likely that what works for your best employees will strike a chord with future recruits as well. Market yourself by promoting these features of your workplace climate to draw job seekers that mirror your high-achieving individuals.
4. How Do I Attract Top Talent for My Business?
The key to finding the right fit for your company is to start big, and then whittle your applicants down to the most desirable candidates. One of the most effective ways to do this is through screening questions.
Create strategic qualifiers that automatically rate and categorize your pool from greatest to least fit potential, and then select a handful of the highest scoring applicants to interview. You can add an extra layer of protection by conducting employee fit assessments to further reduce hiring risk. Your key interview questions for top talent will ensure you're getting the right employee for your company
Editor's note: This article was orignally published in March 2015 and has been updated and edited for clarity.