It’s a neglected area and something that recruiters and HR’s do not really think about but have you ever calculated how your recruitment process is impacting on and costing your candidates? And does this approach have a negative impact on your company’s reputation?
Are candidates now in a position of power?
There is evidence to suggest that the balance power has shifted from the employer to the candidate, as employers find themselves losing top performers, and candidates with specialised skills are in high demand — and are even harder to find.
In a recent study from Careerbuilder, candidates were particularly negative about how they are handled during the recruitment process and the reason given by recruiters were that there were “too many applicants” and “no time” to respond to all.
Is it not time we worked smarter and progressed the interview process only with the right candidates?
Of course as a recruiter your primary objective is to recruit the best person you can, the way that you get there is of course a matter of preference:
● Candidates must complete your specific application form
● Everyone submits a CV
● Applicants are invited for an interview
● Ask candidates to demonstrate that they are capable of performing the role with a skills test
You might well choose a combination of these but the sequence you follow is key. What will it cost candidates if for example you decide to interview them before testing? They might need time off work, incur travel costs, risk their current employer finding out that they are looking to move and the risk of disappointment when they don’t get the job and they don’t get any feedback?
What impact do you think this has on the employee brand? Not positive I would say.
This is why we firmly believe that if you make a skills test the key part of your recruitment process where they can take it online, at home, you will know just how interested in them you are. And if they are not right then you can explain why – objectively and quickly and without damaging your reputation as a business and costing them time and money in the process.
This represents a huge opportunity for employers and those making the step now will be way ahead of the majority of employers. Now that really is a point of difference worth having.
To learn more about how testing can help you make this transition speak to Recruitment Assessment on 0845 8400123 or visit www.recruitment-assessment.co.uk today.