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How to Improve and Shorten your Hiring Process

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The hiring process can be incredibly time consuming. And if you find you’ve made a mistake and hired the wrong candidate it can cost you financially too.

An effective hiring process means a better rate of success and retention for new employees. A short hiring process means you or your HR team can free up time to work on new projects. You should be aiming to tick both of these boxes to make your recruitment operations more streamlined and productive.

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If you feel your recruitment strategy is in need of improvement, here are six tips:

Consider Cultural Fit

Finding someone with the right qualifications and experience doesn’t necessarily mean finding someone who will thrive and succeed at your company. Company culture plays a role in determining whether a new employee will stick around. The tone of your job advertisement can help to communicate your company and management style. However, the best place to establish cultural fit is during interview. Be sure to ask plenty of questions that reveal the kind of company culture best suited to your candidate and whether you can see them fitting in at your company.

Write a Clear and Attractive Advertisement

The hiring process can become lengthy when you’re inundated with applications. You can reduce the number of applications you get by making your requirements and the scope of the job clear when you advertise a job. While you don’t want to write an essay, you need to find a way to concisely express what the job entails. Including a salary range can also help you to find the right applicants.

Use Recruitment Software

The right recruitment software can speed up your hiring process and improve it at the same time. Software can filter applications for certain keywords. Therefore, if you’re looking for someone with specific qualifications or a particular skill, you can search for it and filter out any applications that don’t match. Software can also help you organize your recruitment process. It can send out automated emails upon receipt of an application, digitally file applications, and archive applicants who you may want to contact for a future role.

Hone Your Interview Style

Some companies conduct interviews in multiple stages. Whilst this allows them to meet a candidate a number of times before making a decision, a long process can be off-putting to the best applicants who may already have other options in the pipeline. The best approach is developing an effective interview style that gets the most important information and impression of your candidates over one or two meetings.

Move Quickly

If you’re looking for the best talent, you need to move quickly once you’ve found someone you feel is a good fit with your company. If they have the best skills and experience, chances are another company are hot on your heels. You need to keep in touch with your favorite candidates and move quickly to make them an offer to avoid losing them and starting the process from scratch.


After each new recruitment project, you need to conduct a thorough evaluation of the successes and failures that took place. Did you lose a candidate through low-balling them on salary? Did the process take longer than hoped? Or did you find the perfect person for the position you needed to fill? Learn from mistakes and repeat your successes to keep improving and shortening the hiring process.

Sophia BeirneWhen you have a well-oiled hiring process that works efficiently and produces results, forging ahead towards future objectives of your company becomes that much easier. You can be confident of finding the right person for the job at the right time without spending too much of your own time embroiled in recruiting.

Sophia Beirne is passionate about providing helpful content and sharing her tips. She’s been featured in a number of online publications. She has a background in business administration, manages, and follows the latest trends in in entrepreneurship and the job market.

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