Over the past month, I’ve traveled from my base in the United States to Canada, Kobe and now the United Kingdom to guide companies on how to remedy any gaps in their hiring process. In each country, following recent elections and disputed referendums, executives are facing economic uncertainties we would have never imagined ten years ago. A majority are executives are torn between the whole ‘old school’ and ‘new school’ hiring process, which has complicated the affair instead of fixing it. How can today’s leaders manage the recruitment process? What recruitment strategies can be used to hire top talent? How can they make the hiring process shorter? How can HR leaders leverage technology and data to recruit top talent?

So you know, these days it’s simply not good enough to place a newspaper ad and hope you’ll fill the position within a week. Hiring managers and recruiters are expected to be proactive to succeed as they are faced with a new set of challenges. Companies that are successful in hiring top talent have a process that attracts high-quality candidates. Here are three hiring tips to fix major hiring problems and improve your hiring process.

1. IMPROVE THE HIRING PROCESS

A Leadership IQ study noted that failures exhibited by new employees often result from a faulty interview process. A whopping 82 percent of the 5,000 hiring managers surveyed reported that the interviewers were focused on unimportant issues, lack confidence in their interviewing skills to pay attention to the red flags certain candidates exhibited during the process or were too pressed for time.

This is because today’s hiring process puts more emphasis on making sure new hires are technically competent. As a result, other skills which are equally important to employee success – emotional intelligence, motivation, temperament – are overlooked.

Below are a few hiring tips from recruitment experts:

Step 1: Use software to conduct analysis on job postings which can identify biased language. Use it to your advantage and create an appealing and inclusive job requirement to increase the rate of applications you receive.

Step 2: Use recruitment software to scrape potential candidates’ profiles and portfolios to source passive applicants.

Step 3: Use AI to automate the grading, screening and shortlisting of candidates.

Step 4: Hire recruiter chatbots to help answer candidates’ questions and provide feedback on the next steps in the hiring procedure.

2. ALSO, FOCUS ON SOFT SKILLS

Generally, different jobs require the same soft skills for apparent reasons. For instance, interpersonal skills are valuable for a real estate agent and an accountant. A real estate agent must build a relationship with their clients and be sensitive to the needs of the buyers as well as the sellers. An accountant must use interpersonal skills to present data and explain the elaborate details.

As the modern workplace becomes virtual and collaborative, soft skills are unarguably essential than hard skills. According to the United States Department of Labor, these are soft skills:

Communication
Enthusiasm and Attitude
Networking
Teamwork
Problem Solving and Critical Thinking
Professionalism

Every one of these skills is absolutely critical to success in today’s business environment. Hard skills are essential but you cannot rely solely on those to get the job done. A golden combination of soft skills boil down to a personality that is essential for leadership in the ever-changing business landscape.

If you haven’t been paying attention to soft skills, you might want to now. Revamp your hiring process and put more focus on the ability to work with other humans.

3. FIT THE PERSONALITY

A candidate’s personality is the most important factor to consider. For instance, a trait such as high emotional intelligence would likely be much more important for a leadership role than it would be for a computer programmer.

The type of person you hire also depends on the workplace culture and the job type. A great person with all the right skills could be a good fit for your company and a poor fit for another.

One of the most important and ongoing tasks in an organization is the recruitment process. It’s not an easy feat – it’s a time-consuming process with reputational consequences if you make the wrong choice. Make sure you follow our hiring tips to overcome some of your hiring problems.

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