When you want to ensure that your company has all the best employees for its needs, that effort will typically begin with your hiring managers. After all, these are the professionals you count on to identify great candidates whose resumes and attitudes best align with your company's as a whole, and if there's a misalignment, you obviously understand how that can set you back.
With that in mind, it would be wise to set up a training regimen for the people you put in charge of hiring so that they're brushing up their skills when it comes to identifying talent on a regular basis:
1) Start by highlighting the importance of training
One of the first things you should do when you're setting up hiring manager training is get buy-in from those who would go through those sessions, according to Workable. Managers may not always feel like they have the time (or the inclination) to tackle something like this, which they may feel they're already good at anyway. However, impressing upon them the fact that even 10% more effective hiring processes saves the business time and money, and helps them avoid headaches.
2) Building a checklist
You no doubt understand that it's best to ensure your hiring managers are all reading from the same playbook, so it's helpful to build the skills related to come up with a checklist of what makes a candidate ideal, Workable advised. That means working together to collaborate on that perfect profile, understanding and accepting the push and pull of different organizational needs and so on.
3) Working together in an interview
Along similar lines, if your organization uses group interview settings for any stage of the hiring process, your managers have to understand the give and take that goes into these meetings, according to the Society for Human Resource Management. Will one person take the lead with others interjecting as needed? Will it be purely collaborative? How do you handle questions from interviewees? Each answer may dictate a specific training need.
4) Focusing in on candidates' experience
It's not always easy to see how a given candidate's work or educational background could truly impact the company if they were to be hired, but training can help here, the SHRM said. Once you are aligned on what you're looking for, managers can dig into whether each finalist's qualifications are aligned on what you've set out from the start. This can be difficult to quantify, so it takes some subjective evaluation that needs to be just right.
5) Speeding up the process
Finally, you may need to train your managers to streamline everything they do related to sifting through resumes, communicating with candidates, interviewing and making a final choice on a tight timeline, according to Recruiting Toolbox. In today's job market, you need to be able to scoop up the top talent as quickly as possible when it becomes available to you, but you also must be confident in that hire immediately. The right training could help you better deal with those twin needs.