The question is, how do we, as Human Resources professionals, make the recruitment process successful for both parties?
Time can be our best friend or our worst enemy, especially as it is one of the key components of any recruitment strategy. In a recent LinkedIn post, Scott Case states that we need to ‘get real’ with candidates about the actual skills, culture, and work environment that are involved in any interview process. More importantly, he identifies how quickly we expect the interview process to proceed and the pressure that is in place to make the hiring decision as soon as possible.
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Making sure that the interview process is transparent, however, does not just happen. A commitment to transparency about the types of skills, culture and work environment that the organization really wants, comes from a well-planned, and well-timed end-to-end strategic recruitment process. It is true that the candidate really does need to understand what the potential workplace is like. After all, the employment decision is not just on the side of the employer. The candidate too has to make the big decision whether or not this particular job, with this particular employer, is the right fit for them based on their own personal values and workplace experiences.
When we think about making the big decisions in our own lives, most of us need lots of time to think about the pros and cons of that decision. When decision-making is rushed, the end result often does not work out well for anyone involved. When hiring decisions go wrong, the impact has significant negative ripple effects on all of the parties involved. As Human Resources professionals, we need to ensure that the hiring decision goes the right way, by allowing everyone involved to have the time to make the decisions they need to make, based on well planned, thoughtful, and transparent processes along the way.
- Thinking about your own approach to decision making, what steps do you follow to make the ‘right’ decision for you?
- After going through a recruitment process as a candidate, have you ever decided that the position you were interested in was not the right one for you? What happened during the process that helped you make that decision?
- As a Human Resources Professional, identify how much time is needed for an end-to-end successful recruitment process.
- Why is it important to ensure that candidates have a clear understanding of the required skills, work culture, and the environment involved for any position in any organization?