Recruiting Habits That You Should Stop Right Now

Recruiting Habits That You Should Stop Right Now

Many recruitment practices are so common that they seem like second nature to you. However, this does not exactly mean that they are the best practices to be using if you want to attract top talent. It may be the way that you write your job postings or the assumption that you know all there is to know about a candidate with a simple skimming of their resume. After all, going with your gut instinct only has a 50% chance for success.

Certain elements of a recruiter’s job are done in a specific manner simply because that is just the way things have always been done. However, you know that you want more from your job candidates, so it is important to make certain you are not using the best techniques.

Unnecessary Requests

It is important not to require things from job candidates that really are not necessary. With the demand of specific education level for a job that really does not need it is just bad form. You must be fair and realistic. Not only will you not be overrun with candidates who are not qualified for available positions, but you will attract a more diverse group of candidates.

Head Hunter - RecruiterSubpar Job Postings

Many recruiting managers make the mistake of using the same template for job postings over and over again. This is not a good idea at all. After all, a job posting is a form of sales pitch, which means it should be written in a persuasive manner and contain high quality content.

Begin with an awesome opening paragraph. Make sure the job posting tells prospective job candidates exactly what is in it for them. You do not want the posting to look like a form where you did nothing more than fill in a few blanks. Always have someone else look over the ad before you post it to point out any mistakes or typos that you may have missed.

Assuming All Candidates are the Same

If you think that every candidate is interested in climbing the corporate ladder, you need to think again. This is a mistake among recruiters that is all too common. Some people feel that a higher position within the company will lead to longer hours and more stress. Many candidates want to make their own career path, which sometimes will have nothing at all to do with your company.

If your focus is too much on moving up the ladder, some candidates will run for the hills. In addition, if you do not provide the growth that a qualified person seeks, they may move on to another company. Just remember every candidate is unique.

See one of our previous articles on Adding Gamification to Your Graduate Recruitment Plan

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