Recruitment has become more challenging as technology and innovation advances. In addition, economic recessions and the COVID-19 pandemic have left most companies with leaner budgets and leaner teams.
The performance of the companies is, however, expected to remain the same or even improve. This is posing a lot of challenges to recruitment teams and they have to find ways to overcome them and get the right talent for their companies.
Even though the kind of challenges faced by recruitment teams might vary depending on things like the roles that they are filling and the size of their companies, some of them are common across all companies.
In this article, we are going to discuss some of the most common recruitment challenges and the tips to overcome them to find the right talent.
The Gig Economy
There are days when most people held regular jobs and worked for a single company. They would work in shifts or even work during the day, normally known as nine to five. Today, things are changing and people are working independently. We are living in a gig economy that is forcing recruitment teams to change their tactics to adapt. This has changed the world and is posing a challenge to the teams.
For instance, the gig economy is making it challenging for companies to deal with things like credentials and training, income security, benefits, and finding qualified personnel.
That notwithstanding, recruiters can find the right talent through the gig economy by making sure that they test their talents and engage innovators and policymakers to provide solutions to the challenges.
Hiring Qualified Personnel
Imagine the challenge of trying to get one qualified person from a group of more than five hundred job applicants. This would take a lot of work. You would be forced to get the best person from the group who might not even be the best fit for the role you are recruiting for.
Recruitment teams can, however, overcome this challenge and make the right hires. To start with, they need to be clear about the role, its requirements, and everything needed from the right person.
Try to eliminate those that are not qualified through yes and no questions where you eliminate those that do not have what you want.
Talking with Qualified Candidates
A candidate with the right skills is often talking with different recruiters, something that makes it challenging for recruitment teams to ensure that they (candidates) are aware of them (recruitment teams).
In addition, you will find that those candidates with outstanding skills are talking with different companies and evaluating different job offers. This means that your recruitment team needs to put in a lot of effort to have the candidates considering their jobs.
However, you can easily overcome this challenge and get top talent for your company. To start with, you need to find what a candidate likes when working and the things that motivate them. With this, you can personalize your conversations with them to persuade them to consider your company.
Most teams want to hire as quickly as they can to avoid delayed operations and losses caused by unattended roles. However, some roles might require the teams to take a lot of time through the recruitment process.
Sometimes, taking a long time through this process might be caused by a lack of the right candidates or even a lack of consensus between the team members. This ends up causing a lot of frustration.
Recruitment teams can, however, overcome this challenge and find the right talent by eliminating the recruitment stages that do not have any impact on the process. This way, they will get the right talent within a shorter period.
Recruitment Driven By Data
Today, most companies are using data to inform their decisions through their recruitment processes. However, collecting, analyzing, and understanding data is a challenge and might consume a lot of time.
Some companies even use spreadsheets and other manual systems that are difficult to use and prone to errors.
That notwithstanding, recruitment teams can use Applicant Tracking Systems, recruitment software, Google Analytics, and other HR tech tools to store data and have it analyzed for them. They can even generate reports to make sure that they are hiring the right talent.
Having the right talent filling each role in a company is very important especially when it comes to the performance of the company.
Every company wants to succeed, make profits, and survive any challenges it might encounter. One way of achieving this is making sure that roles are filled with the right talent.
Michael Dunlop is the Chief Operating Officer of Paradigm Digital Ltd and has extensive experience in business consultancy services.