A Guide to High-Quality and Cost-Efficient Recruitment by Marit Martin on Aug 1, 2017

We all know how long, tedious, and draining recruitment process can be. When you add the cost of hiring the wrong employee or effects of not hiring a diverse staff, it becomes clear that recruitment plays a big role in the success of the company. But how do you make recruitment more efficient?

When hiring, first test and then interview!

Companies can reduce costs and make better hires by using short, web-based skills tests as the first screening step. This weeds out the least-suitable applicants, leaving a smaller, better-qualified talent pool to undergo. It also makes the whole recruitment process shorter and better focused.

In short, candidates solve a quick challenge to evaluate key job-related skills, followed by a test drive, and an interview with the best performers.

But how does this process look like?

#1 Build a test to filter out the most capable candidates

First and foremost, it’s important to define the skills you’re looking for in a new employee. It helps to set up tasks to identify the necessary skill set for a position.

Tests can check candidates’ specific knowledge, attitudes towards something, or even study traits like the ability to focus, problem-solving, and capacity to read functionally. It may be a simple single choice question, a math task or a picture quiz. Or whatever else you come up with.

To get started, Hundred5 provides useful test examples when you sign up.

#2 Share a test on social channels to attract applicants

Increasing number of employees today wouldn’t pick up the pen and update their CVs to apply for a job. It’s just too high a barrier to overcome, especially when you’re not even looking for a job.

But by making recruiting interesting and applying easily done in places where people already are, you’re more likely to catch the attention of those hard-to-reach-candidates. So besides posting jobs on the company’s webpage, utilize your social networks to end up in potential employee’s social channels.

Besides attracting their attention, this approach will shorten the waiting period from months to only a couple of weeks, and decrease the cost of sourcing, making the whole recruiting process much more efficient.

#3 Automate the communication

Automating as many steps as possible allows you to focus all your energy and time only on the most qualified applicants.

Hundred5 helps to engage them fast with an instant feedback on the test results, followed by clear and well-communicated emails explaining the whole recruiting process. And to put the cherry on the top, you can reward superb performers with a gift, making it more likely that they’ll mention you to a friend.

#4 Explore the talent pool

After the algorithms help managers pick out the most promising candidates, it’s time to let human judgment take over to decide who will be invited to the next round. It can be an interview, a work trial, or even a day at the office to experience what the job would entail and how a work day at your company looks like.

With test results in front of you, it will be easier to make a clear choice and interview only the people who show a clear promise and potential for the open position. Test results can also direct you in the right direction, enabling you to focus on only one or two important skills during the interview process.

Going from 0 to 100

Although we’re still finding ways to refine the process, hiring based on skills has proven to be a very efficient approach for us and we’re still overjoyed with the results of recent years—30 hires out of 35,000 applicants.

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