Talent Acquisition : 3 Steps To Understanding Your Hiring Timeline

For companies getting to grips with successful talent acquisition strategies, the task ahead is often overwhelming.  Creating the perfect job description, posting job adverts across e-recruitment pages, screening CVs (for some without the benefit of modern applicant tracking systems), scheduling interviews and making an appropriate offer to a successful candidate – the process is a challenge.

If your talent acquisition strategy fails to produce qualified candidates, the problem might lie in your hiring timeline.  These three simple steps will help to identify the issues holding you back:-

Missing links

Understanding how your company’s needs are being met will help to identify the gaps within your teams, which requires collaboration.  A recruitment management system with integrated applicant tracking software means easy sharing of information on qualified candidates across departments. Hiring managers can also delegate specific tasks as required.  With the soaring cost of a bad hire, every employer must understand the gaps in communication which affect their talent recruitment system.

Evaluate your hiring process

HR managers should test the experience of candidates in their online recruitment channels by ‘applying’ for a vacancy with their company, ideally via a mobile device.  How many steps are necessary in each process? Can candidates accessing your careers site via mobile register their interest and return at a later stage to complete their application?  What response does your submission receive? Can job seekers upload a CV from their mobile device? Does your recruiting software include an assessment provider?

Modern e-recruitment systems evaluate an applicant’s potential to succeed in a particular position based on a number of online recruitment assessment checks, including personality questionnaires and ability checks.  Essential background and credit checks are also key features of today’s recruiting software. Integrated online assessments also help to identify the most qualified candidates for your vacancy more rapidly and more objectively.

Track your candidates throughout the process

Evaluate your talent recruitment system by assessing how many days each step takes within your hiring timeline for a commonly recruited or key role within your company. The steps may include:-

  • Receiving the initial applications after the vacancy is posted.
  • The time taken to contact qualified candidates.
  • The time taken to carry out telephone screening through to interviews. Applicant tracking software will accurately pinpoint the number of candidates who leave your recruitment funnel during this step.
  • How long elapsed following initial interviews through to a final decision and offer?
  • When was that offer accepted?
  • What date did the new employee start work with your company?

Sophisticated recruiting software will provide recruitment analytics which will make this assessment easier. 

By understanding:-

  • The time to hire calculated from the initial job posting to employee start date.
  • The time taken to complete each individual step in the process

Employers can begin to reduce their hiring timeline.  Aim for a reduction of 2 days for each stage to begin with. A prolonged hiring process will compromise your brand credibility and may already be affecting your ability to attract qualified candidates. In the meantime, engage with the applicants in your talent recruitment systems by providing regular progress updates for the vacancy they have applied for.

Advorto is a provider of world class recruiting software to support your company at all stages of development. Investing in the latest recruitment software with an integrated applicant tracking system will streamline your hiring timeline and positively impact your candidate experience. Contact us today to find out more.

You may also find our previous blog helpful 5 Resolutions For Your Talent Acquisition In 2015.


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