The holiday season is one of the most exciting times of the year since it’s filled with fun and festivities.

However, the upcoming new year on the horizon offers a fantastic opportunity to review some of your organization’s practices and make adjustments for the future.

One smart area to look into is your hiring process. This might not seem like an important element, but on average, hiring processes are taking longer each year.

Some say a longer hiring process is a necessity due to a complex business world that requires careful vetting of prospective employees to make sure they have the right skills. Others argue a longer hiring process discourages potential talent who might be lured to a different company who is willing to ‘fast track’ them.

There are a few considerations to keep in mind once you analyze your hiring practices and processes. Since humans are the most valuable asset to a company, you want to make sure new employees have been carefully analyzed and evaluated.

This takes time – whether through interviews or skills verification. Alternatively, shortening your process might give you an edge in roping in leading talent, especially if you’re in a cutting edge industry. Just be careful. Bringing on the wrong person can cost your company valuable time and money.

If you are interested in changing up your hiring process, here are a few strategies to lean on.

  • Think About Culture: Interview and approach prospective employees with an eye towards how they would fit into company culture before trying to ascertain their skillset. Focusing on cultural fit can help streamline the hiring process and make things more efficient.

  • Take Advantage Of HR Tech: Efficient hiring processes often come due to the utilization of technology like automated HR platforms that can handle interview scheduling and serve as a clearinghouse for staff to input notes and information about candidates. Taking advantage of HR technology or video conferencing features to help with vetting or interviewing candidates can simplify your hiring process and take the stress away from your HR or hiring team.

Are you interested in hiring some new employees for the 2020 season, but don’t know where to look?

The FirstOption Workforce Solutions team is by your side to help attract, vet, and align prospective employees with the right companies. We’re also happy to give advice about how you can streamline or change up your hiring processes to get the best candidates in for an interview.

To learn more, speak with FirstOption Workforce Solutions today at 210-733-3700 or contact us online.