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Complicated Recruitment Processes ‘Drive The Best Candidates Away’.

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Is your recruitment process too complicated?

If it is, there’s a good chance that it’s driven the best candidates away. New studies have shown that job applicants don’t want a lengthy recruitment process and that even the most suited candidates will apply for roles elsewhere if the application process is too time consuming. Want to find out more? Keep on reading.

Whatever happened to the days where a CV was enough?

Remember the good old day’s when a CV was enough to be considered for a job? More and more companies are introducing lengthy application processes when it comes to recruitment. This can take shape in the form of surveys, personality testing, uploading a video about yourself – the list is endless! But introducing these aspects has its pros & cons:

Pros:

  • Employers get a better feel for the candidate before inviting shortlisted candidates to interview.
  • Employers can examine literacy, numeracy, and personality of each candidate.
  • It allows candidates to share information that doesn’t fit on the CV

Cons:

  • Lengthy application processes with surveys, testing and Q&A sections.
  • Content of application processes isn’t always worded correctly – this leads to candidates answering incorrectly.
  • Candidates don’t have time to sit and answer pages & pages of questions as well as writing a cover letter and perfecting their CV. This is especially annoying if they don’t end up getting the job.
  • If you know too much about a candidate before the interview, it gives you less to discuss.
  • The longer the application, the more information the employee has to sit and read through.

 

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Is there a happy medium to help streamline the recruitment process?

Keep it simple. A good CV will tell you almost enough about a candidate but leave you with a few questions to ask at an interview. If you desperately need to know specifics about a candidate (availability, levels of experience, current notice period etc.) ask them to write this into their cover letter. Doing this streamlines the application process and cuts down the time of the shortlisting process!

Going mobile is helpful too! Candidates often appreciate having the ability to apply for roles from their smartphones. An application process that is too long might not be mobile-friendly and rely too heavily on candidates needing to use a laptop or computer.

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