Employees are by far the most valuable asset for any organization. Any business that is focused on achieving its goals and objectives understands that its success largely depends on the team. That is why it is very critical to find and hire the best talents to constitute the best workforce. Moreover, the task falls squarely on the HR department.
However, in a world where there is a war for talent, it takes great hiring skills to give organizations a competitive edge. If you are in human resources, you need to understand the different hiring skills that you need to start developing if you are to become a great recruiter.
Here are five hiring skills to have if you’re working in the HR department.
1. Organizing a hiring strategy
Bringing the best talents on board is no mean feat. You need a foolproof strategy in place to do that successfully. But, it will be difficult to create one if you don’t have the skills to do so.
A good hiring strategy defines the best plan of action for seeking the best individuals for the organization’s vacant positions. It describes the kind of candidates that the organization needs and details ways how to attract them. In addition, it explains the different ways that you intend to use in recruiting them.
This might mean coming up with complex or simple strategies depending on the hiring that you intend to do. For instance, if you plan to hire non-local talent, the strategy needs to be more defined as compared to hiring locally. You must think of issues such as compliance, inclusivity, cultural awareness, and more, which are not necessarily important when hiring locally. You need to be in a position to create a strategy that keeps these issues in mind while still being realistic and focused on the company goals.
2. Marketing and selling the employer brand
Times are gone when employers choose the candidates that they want to hire. Modern workers are very particular about the ideal employer that they want to work with.
If you are to attract these candidates, you have to make them choose your brand. Moreover, this involves positioning your brand as the ideal employer and placing it in front of these candidates.
To do this, you need to employ current marketing and selling skills and strategies – in other words, recruitment marketing. This could mean taking videos of your workforce showcasing your best and most positive company culture and posting them on platforms where your ideal candidates hang out.
3. Expertise in candidate experience
In any hiring process, the candidate is the most important aspect of the entire process. As a recruiter, it is very important to make every candidate feel valued in each step through a robust candidate experience strategy.
Otherwise, you risk hurting your employer’s brand and discouraging the right people from applying for jobs in your company in the future. To give the candidates the best experience, you must be able to ensure transparent and regular communication about the hiring process with the candidates that you connect with.
In addition, you have the task of ensuring that all candidates are treated well during the entire process and that they receive a follow-up message whether they got the job or not.
4. Negotiating skills
During the hiring process, you need to be able to navigate situations that might call for negotiations with the candidates as well as any other person involved in the process. A good example is salaries. You need to be able to negotiate smartly, keeping in mind the best interests of both the company and the candidates.
In addition, you need to be equipped with skills to enable you to achieve the desired results while building and fostering a good relationship with the people who are soon to join your organization.
5. Multitasking and time management
The hiring process involves multiple tasks that need to be completed, at times simultaneously. You will be writing compelling job ads, posting them, screening candidates, consulting with management and members of the hiring team, and more. You need to be able to complete these tasks without mistakes if you are to achieve the desired success.
This is not forgetting that time is of the essence when filling positions. You need to be able to find replacements as soon as possible to ensure business continuity. Moreover, this takes strong multitasking and time management skills to pull through.
Many hiring skills are needed for successful hiring. But, it is important to know about the key ones such as negotiating, multitasking and time management, strategy building, marketing the employer brand and candidate experience.
Leah Collins is a business development manager who is passionate about her work. Her favorite activities include reading and writing regarding her career, but she also enjoys nature and spending quality time with her family. She also helps with content writing at Statyrs.