Find Fall Hires Fast With These 10 Tips to Streamline Your Recruiting and Hiring Efforts

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Welcome to Recruiter Q&A, where we pose employment-related questions to the experts and share their answers!

Today’s Question: Fall is one of the busiest times of year for hiring, so what’s your top tip for how to streamline your recruiting and hiring efforts during this busy time, and why?

These answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization composed of the world’s most successful young entrepreneurs. YEC members represent nearly every industry, generate billions of dollars in revenue each year, and have created tens of thousands of jobs.

1. Hire a Temporary Recruiter

Streamline your recruiting by hiring a temporary contract recruiter. Have them create a shortlist of 15 to 20 candidates who match your criteria, and then grade them on interest for an interview. Have them set up interviews via Calendly and streamline the recruitment process. It’s fast and effective for addressing short-term hiring needs.

— Tyler Quiel, Giggster 

2. Post on Premium Job Boards

I’m a big fan of premium job boards. We always turn to sites like ProBlogger when fall rolls around and it’s time to hire. We’ve found that the places that have a membership barrier to join tend to have better candidates. After a few weeks, we look through the applications and interview for roles we need to fill during the holiday season.

— John Turner, SeedProd LLC 

3. Use Scheduling and Project Management Software

If you have an influx of open positions and applications flooding in, store everything in one location. Some platforms offer scheduling tools for interviews, areas to store feedback post-interview and a flow for where each job posting and candidate are in the process. Rely on technology whenever possible during an interview surge.

— Matthew Podolsky, Florida Law Advisers, P.A. 

4. Get to The Point

Focus on the core of each role you need to fill. A coder needs to demonstrate coding capability. A writer, writing. Customer service, an agreeable and empathetic personality. Cut deadwood out of your interview process. Lower the entry barrier so you have more applicants to choose from. Test, test, and then commit. No pointless, multi-round, vanity project interview processes. Get to the point.

— Tyler Bray, TK Trailer Parts 

5. Invite Loyal Customers to Apply

One sure-fire method for recruiting the best candidates quickly is to send out invitations to apply to current loyal customers on an email list. Often, the prospect of being able to access employee discount pricing while selling products and services that they’re passionate about is enough to incentivize the right candidates to apply.

— Richard Fong, 

6. Delegate the Recruiting Tasks

I will assign the recruiting process to my assistant during the peak of the hiring season. She will manage job listings, screen applicants, and schedule interviews.

— Kristin Kimberly Marquet, Marquet Media, LLC 

7. Introduce an Employee Recruitment Bonus

One of the most effective ways to improve the hiring process is to introduce a special employee recruitment bonus during this time of the year. Odds are, your team members know someone who’s looking for a job. If you can hire from your pool of employees, you can save time and money while giving back to your team.

— John Brackett, Smash Balloon LLC 

8. Be Honest About the Job

Don’t oversell your job. Instead, create a straightforward job description to explain what exactly the role is going to be like. You should also talk about the downside of it (if there is any) along with the perks. Being honest about the position can help you pick the right candidate who will stick around for longer.

— Josh Kohlbach, Wholesale Suite 

9. Create a Well-Designed Interview

Take the extra time to create and conduct a quality interview. Come prepared with a list of thorough questions, including behavioral and practical ones. You can even consider sending some questions to candidates ahead of time. You want to make sure you really focus on the skills and responsibilities the particular position will require. Make sure you evaluate all candidates using the same criteria.

— Blair Thomas, eMerchantBroker 

10. Ensure Procedures Have Been Reviewed and Improved

My top tip to streamline recruiting and hiring efforts during this busy time is to have a recruiting procedure that is agile and that has been reviewed and improved over time. For us, it’s key to hire candidates swiftly and effectively, so we make sure the recruiting team knows what to do, is organized and has the procedures working and in place to be successful this time of the year.

Alfredo Atanacio, Uassist.ME 

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