The Week of HR #4: Are You Setup to Recruit Top Talent?
The Latest News on Employee Recruitment
Believe it or not but there are over 166,000 open job vacancies in Australia right now! That made us think that you might be on the lookout for the best talent for your business and we know that the hiring process can be tricky.
This summary of the HR week covers the pieces of recent news that will help you do better with your recruitment process.
With that many vacant positions to fill, we can trust that Australian Executives must have a well-thought recruitment strategy in place to bridge the skills gap. Whether they plan to increase their collaboration with universities or create partnerships in order to attract talent, the top managers at Dropbox, Hubspot, Slack, SAP or Mailguard have all different point of views when it comes to their recruitment plan. Even though their response varied greatly, one strong commune idea that came out of these interviews is the need to develop a firm corporate culture that promotes diversity.
While on the subject of diversity, what’s your process to avoid discrimination when it comes to filtering candidates during the recruitment process? Many managers can be affected by what’s known as the affinity bias when they select candidates. The affinity bias is the result of a cognitive influence on the way we judge others that makes us hire people who resemble us or those we are related to in some ways. A suggestion that is proposed consists in avoiding to set all your questions based in the context of an environment you are familiar with. This will allow your evaluation to not be skewed by certain expectations you may have built in regards to that particular environment. Read the article for a few more tips to help you stay objective during the interview process.
When finding the right talent becomes a tough task, a rising trend is to look into the market for independent contractors, also called freelancers, to access the specific skills that you are seeking. More and more employees are also turning to freelancing as a way to create a better work-life balance for themselves as they can choose who they work for, where they work and when. For employees, hiring freelancers is a convenient, low-investment solution that offers many advantages.
Let’s admit it, we might be a little bit biased about the awesome benefits that technology can bring to today’s busy HR professional. Predictive analytics and tracking are all the rage and can also assist you in making better hiring decisions. From simple applicant tracking to complex algorithms, HR software can help you source, evaluate, retain and manage prospective candidates. When we know that the average job vacancy receives anywhere between 75 to 250 applications, and that recruiters spend less than 10 seconds on each; we can wonder how effective the selection process might be.
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