The recruitment process and finding best-fit candidates can be daunting tasks. To help inform you on the benefits of HR and other departments collaborating to recruit job candidates, we asked hiring managers, recruiters and business leaders for their best insights. From achieving streamlined and efficient recruiting to having the company culture well-represented during the hiring process, there are several benefits that collaborative recruiting bring to both the company and new employees that cannot be achieved through other means.
Represent Company Culture in the Hiring Process
At my organization, we have a collaborative recruitment process across the whole organization. Our HR department receives the final job announcement for us to post but, for each open position, they each have their own search committee members. This helps bring in new perspectives and opinions for each search and we are not using the same search committees for each position. HR also collaborates with our marketing team to help with branding each of our positions when we advertise them.
HR Professional, Sporting Smiles
Assess a Candidate’s Abilities and Value-Alignment
A key benefit of a collaborative recruitment process is assessing technical abilities and company values-alignment with more precision. Even when the talent acquisition specialist has the expertise, they may be removed from the business side given their functional focus, and might miss certain key indicators signaling technical competence.
Additionally, key stakeholders who regularly collaborate but are not necessarily hiring team members can add valuable insight into a candidate’s ability to partner with the business outside their particular area of expertise. A collaborative process also creates a learning opportunity for both the TA specialist who may not be a technical expert and the business who may want to prioritize assessing skill. Both the business and talent acquisition can learn from each other deepening their understanding of the requirements of the right candidate to meet the needs of a particular job opening.
Talent Management Consultant, Koa Noa
Achieve Streamlined and Efficient Recruiting
When HR is able to collaborate with other business units, the recruitment process is streamlined and more efficient. This can happen when multiple stakeholders have input into the candidate evaluation process. Therefore, they can collaborate to schedule interviews as well as provide information and references to the hiring manager more quickly. The process is also more efficient when multiple departments are able to provide feedback on candidate suitability, which allows HR to make better hiring recommendations.
Founder, Paraphrase Tool
Make the Onboarding Process Easier
I have experienced that a collaborative recruiting process can help make the onboarding process easier. By involving different departments in the recruiting process, you can ensure that everyone is aware of the new hire’s arrival and that all the necessary information and training materials are ready for them in advance. In addition, a collaborative recruiting process can help to identify any potential issues that may arise during on-boarding, such as a lack of clarity about job duties or a lack of knowledge about company policies. By addressing these issues before the new hire starts, you can make the on-boarding process smoother and more successful.
Administrative Manager, Financer
Get Candidates an Insider Perspective
The collaborative recruiting process is beneficial because candidates can immediately have a clear understanding of the company culture and meet the people they will work with. At the same time, with the team-based hiring practice, employees are more involved and can share their impressions and opinions of their “new colleagues,” providing an insider point of view.
Founder and CEO, Passport Photo Online
Evaluate Job Candidates Better
One benefit of this type of recruiting process is that it can help ensure that the best candidates are hired for the job. When multiple departments are involved in the hiring process, it allows for a more comprehensive evaluation of each candidate. This can help identify potential red flags that might otherwise be missed.
Additionally, by involving other departments in the hiring process, HR can gain valuable insights into their specific needs. As a result, the collaborative recruiting process can help to ensure that only the most qualified candidates are hired for the job.
HR Director, Personnel Checks
Allow Departments to Play a More Direct Role
When HR is recruiting candidates, they are usually not recruiting for the HR department. While HR is great at finding candidates that are well-qualified and fit in with the work culture, they may not understand the nuanced requirements for an employee in a certain department. When HR collaborates with other departments to evaluate candidates, the department that the candidate is applying for can be actively involved in the process and choose the best possible candidate.
CEO, Jukebox Print
Put Diverse Input Into Hiring The Best Candidate
Reduce the margin of error in hiring by engaging in collaborative recruiting. Rather than relying on the traditional one-on-one interview, bringing in other team members and talent can generate multiple views of the candidate. They may catch red flags otherwise missed or, on the other hand, go to bat for a candidate based on how well they think they’d fit in. Getting many opinions during recruiting is a huge benefit. Collaborative recruiting can bring about productive discussion amongst existing employees leading to hiring the right new team member.
Founder and CEO, Spicewell
Achieve a Faster Hiring Process and Happier Candidates
There are few things more frustrating when interviewing than speaking to multiple people at different levels and in different departments with long wait times in between. By incorporating necessary people into the initial interview process you shorten the overall cycle, which not only saves you time but also keeps your candidate pipeline happy. This pays dividends, as word about time-consuming or clunky interview processes tends to spread both quickly and widely.
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