Four Brilliant (and One Dumb) HR Solutions that Boost the Quality of Your Talent Pool

Posted by Dolores Gonsalves on May 27, 2015


Hiring managers are often overworked and under pressure to fill open positions as quickly as possible. Does this make for the best hiring decision? Not always.

Fortunately, there are strategies an HR professional can implement to hire the most qualified, diligent employees in the shortest amount of time possible.

Sign you up, you say? Well, read on!

Here are four brilliant (and one dumb) HR solutions that boost the quality of your talent pool.

#1: Look at your hiring like you do your investments. You diversify your stock portfolio. Follow the same idea with your hiring process. If Linkedin job ads bring good candidates, don't stop doing it. However, don't poo-poo other ideas as too risky or out of the ordinary. Diversify the way you recruit new employees, and you will be able to choose from a larger, more attractive pool.

#2: Tell a story. Today's hiring is a two-way street: companies interview the candidates, and the candidates interview the company. Create, expand, and share your hiring brand. This gives the candidates a look into what working for your organization would be like.

#3: Create an engaging community. Consistently and strategically share company culture and branding messages, and engage with those who follow. This creates conversations and rapport. When the time comes to fill a position, you tap into the community of listeners who have found you interesting enough to follow.

#4: Know your targets. It's vital, across all hiring and recruiting mediums, to understand who you are trying to attract. Give thoughtful consideration to your target, and then adapt your message to that segment. This will yield more actual candidates who are qualified to become a long-term, valuable employee.

...and the dumb one.

Simply stay the course. If you believe there is nothing wrong with your recruiting processes that have been in place for 10 years, then do nothing. Little by little, your candidate quality will decrease, and your open positions will be almost impossible to fill. This is not a scare tactic, it's a fact!

Using these four HR solutions (and avoiding the dumb one) can propel your recruiting initiatives to success. They will help widen your candidate pool, decrease hiring time, and "weed out" the candidates that don't fit with your culture or are unqualified for the role.

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