Balancing Speed and Quality in Recruitment


    Balancing Speed and Quality in Recruitment

    In the fast-paced world of talent acquisition, maintaining a balance between efficiency and a high-quality candidate experience is crucial. We gathered insights from Founders and Talent Acquisition Specialists to address this challenge. From balancing speed with quality recruitment to fostering culture with transparent processes, explore the 6 strategies these experts recommend for optimizing your recruitment efforts.

    • Balance Speed with Quality Recruitment
    • Embrace Industry Expertise and Integrity
    • Strategies for Efficient, Quality Hiring
    • Communicate Constantly with Candidates
    • Set Clear Expectations and Communicate
    • Foster Culture with Transparent Processes

    Balance Speed with Quality Recruitment

    Companies often prioritize filling positions swiftly, sometimes overlooking the importance of ensuring an experience for job applicants. In my opinion, neglecting this aspect can be an error because a rejection today could potentially turn into an acceptance for a future role. Moreover, dissatisfied candidates are inclined to share their feedback these days, and a subpar recruitment process can negatively impact your company's reputation in the long run.

    When it comes to finding the balance, here's what I recommend based on my experience. Firstly, review your workflow and pinpoint any significant bottlenecks or issues causing delays or mishaps during busy periods. Is there a way to introduce some automation or run tasks simultaneously to smoothen out those spots? Perhaps having a recruitment coordinator or making some minor workflow adjustments could make a big difference in efficiency without compromising quality.

    Secondly, gather feedback from job applicants, both the ones you hired and those you didn't. Identify the moments that didn't sit well with them and improve their experience through training or simple checklists for your team members involved at each stage.

    Things like updates and personal follow-ups can make a significant impact. Lastly, monitor metrics such as offer acceptance rates and reviews on platforms like Glassdoor as you make changes over time. Keep refining your process based on both data and feedback from candidates to continuously enhance it.

    Travis Lindemoen
    Travis LindemoenFounder, Enjoy Mondays

    Embrace Industry Expertise and Integrity

    To be a successful recruiter requires intangible skills: tenacity, resourcefulness, and collaboration.

    As a 20-plus-year veteran executive recruiter in the advertising/marketing niche, I take immense pride in my success. It was recently estimated that throughout my headhunting career, I have placed more than 400 mid- to senior-level personnel worldwide.

    I liken recruiting to a construction project. It all begins with a solid foundation of 'been there/done that.' I started my career in Client Services at two worldwide agencies on notable automotive accounts. After nearly a decade, I pivoted to the other side of the desk and took a client role at a leading fast-food company as a Regional Marketing Manager.

    Continuing along with my construction analogy, passion and knowledge are the cornerstones of my practice. These assets come from being a lifelong student of the industry. Finally, a strong recruiting practice requires four pillars: honesty, confidentiality, ethics, and integrity. All four must be solidly in place.

    Recruiters who shift from one industry to the next in an attempt to time the waves of a specific growing niche are making a grave mistake. I strongly suggest staying put. Yes, it can be disheartening to be relegated to an industry that's flat (or even dipping) while other practices flourish. But, by the time you're comfortable talking about the nuances of this new sector, chances are the lure that initially enticed you to jump on board has likely stabilized. In addition, you'll be competing with recruiters who are veteran industry experts. And finally, candidates and hiring authorities will be able to identify a newbie in the industry immediately.

    With a structured framework to their practice, a recruiter ought to be able to work reasonably quickly in providing stellar candidates to their clients. Having personally spent time in advertising/marketing has assisted me in talking from 'an insider's point of view.' Candidates and clients are confident that I understand their plight. I maintain the highest quality for both the companies I partner with and the candidates I represent. Unlike many recruiters who rely on ATS programs, I take immense pride in vetting candidates and their resumes prior to presenting them to my client.

    In closing, I make a point of explaining that I don't sell; I consult. And, I only represent candidates that I would hire as well as companies that I would work for.

    Jamie McCann
    Jamie McCannExecutive Recruiter, 3AM Marketing Services

    Strategies for Efficient, Quality Hiring

    Maintaining a high-quality candidate experience while ensuring an efficient and timely recruitment process involves several key strategies. These include providing clear job descriptions, streamlining the application process, and maintaining regular communication. Additionally, efficient screening, a consistent interview structure, and pre-employment assessments help identify suitable candidates quickly. Flexible interview scheduling, prompt feedback, and wise use of technology are also crucial. By engaging with former applicants, providing interviewer training, and continuously improving the process, recruiters can optimize efficiency without compromising the candidate experience.

    Grant Smith
    Grant SmithGlobal Recruitment Marketing Specialist

    Communicate Constantly with Candidates

    My not-so-secret secret: constant communication. One of the hardest parts of the job transition process for a candidate is the anxiety and anticipation that comes from not knowing what is going on. Did they even read the resume? Do they want to interview me? Did they like me after the interview? What are the next steps? This constant state of worry is unhealthy and exhausting. So, I keep my candidates updated every day or every other day, even if it's to say I have no information. At least then, they'll know they're not just a piece of paper to me. They are humans who deserve my time and energy.

    Monique Helstrom
    Monique HelstromSpeaker, Coach, and Recruiter for the Administrative Profession, Monique Helstrom

    Set Clear Expectations and Communicate

    When striving to maintain a high-quality candidate experience while also moving quickly, my primary focus is on clear communication to promote transparency and foster candidate engagement. It's important to set clear expectations early on by providing a comprehensive overview of the recruitment process, with expected timelines, to both candidates and all internal stakeholders involved. Setting these clear expectations early on can reduce potential blockers, facilitating a smooth and streamlined process. Additionally, our team has dedicated considerable effort to creating personalized email templates, which helps us promptly respond to candidates while still providing a high-quality experience for them.

    Ultimately, I prioritize transparent and timely communication when aiming for speed without compromising the quality of candidates' interactions with us.

    Alison Ward
    Alison WardTalent Acquisition Specialist, PurposeMed

    Foster Culture with Transparent Processes

    At Discogs, we believe clear communication and transparency of process are the key factors in setting up a cohesive and positive hiring experience. We believe building and nurturing company culture starts before a person is hired—it begins when they first lay eyes on the job description. The Recruiter achieves this through Kickoff Meetings with Hiring Managers to address the needs of potential candidates for the role, and by informing candidates of the end-to-end hiring process right from the beginning.

    A Discogs best practice is to send an introductory thank-you email to each candidate that applies, outlining the full recruiting process. This helps to establish trust with the candidate, express gratitude for their interest in joining our team, and assuage any nervousness they might have. Keeping the process moving is crucial by following up with the candidate, detailing their status and next steps, while also maintaining daily communication with the Hiring Manager to keep up the momentum.

    Non-responsiveness or providing a vague journey to the candidate can cause confusion, lose a candidate's interest, or reflect negatively on a company’s culture. Ultimately, the Recruiter is there to facilitate an inspiring, informative, and efficient recruitment and hiring flow for everyone from Executive Leadership to Hiring Staff to potential new Team Members.

    Sabrina Delgado
    Sabrina DelgadoTalent Acquisition Specialist, Discogs