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The future of work is all about people. As technology continues to scale and the world becomes more and more agile, at the very heart of this are people wanting to work in different ways, wanting different work experiences and cultures shifting to enable this new way of work and pace. Yes, you can have amazing technology and strategies in place but if you want to grow your business - you have to grow your people.
One size does not fit all
Imagine how different would the world of recruitment could be if clients and candidates knew who they were working with and understood the hiring process from beginning to end. Unfortunately, many agencies have a bad rep for being detached and not taking the time to get to know their candidates. This is when candidates run the risk of becoming a cog in a faulty recruitment machine, instead of being treated as individuals with their own wants and needs. While it’s understandable that large agencies have high quotas to fill, bad hires come at the expense of both the company AND the candidate.
The changing face of recruitment
How many talent professionals do you know who are involved in the interview process, giving feedback and observing the interaction between the candidate and the hiring manager? How many of these professionals are ensuring the candidate’s success, supporting their integration into the organisation 3 months down the line? These are the critical conversations that need to take place in order to change the way organizations attract and retain their talent.
The more quality focused the hiring process is, the more confident everyone involved will be that the candidate is the right fit. Much of this confidence comes not only from getting to know the candidate - but from partnering with the company looking for their next hire and the hiring manager looking for their next team member. This is a true value - added service for companies looking to hire and most importantly, retain top talent.
A new way forward
We need to move into a space where we recognize all the best hires occur when recruitment becomes less traditional and more people-focused, offering the right level of attention and time in order to ensure that companies end up with the best person for the job - and that candidates are not seen as just another profile. This is a chance to realize the full potential of the candidate, and thus of a new organisation.
How are you supporting your candidates throughout the entire recruitment cycle to ensure a successful hire?
Claire McCartney, associate research adviser at the CIPD, said: “Today’s research highlights a mounting war for talent and the subsequent need for organisations to sharpen their focus on strategic recruitment and effective retention; to attract and maintain the skills they need in an increasingly competitive labour market.... “However, they can’t effectively do this unless they are measuring, evaluating and then strengthening their recruitment and talent strategies, based on an understanding of their existing talent profile. Even the simplest forms of measurement can be effective, such as tracking the turnover rate of new hires, seeking feedback from candidates on their experience, and monitoring the performance of new recruits.”