The way we do business has changed dramatically over the last few years, but recruitment is still firmly stuck in the last century. What can you do to ensure your recruitment process isn’t failing?
It may surprise you to hear a recruitment company saying less than stellar things about their own business sector, but there’s no sugar-coating it. The world has moved on; recruitment, for the most part, hasn’t. Think of what has changed in recent memory from a work perspective. Let’s go with the last 30-years for a nice round number. Thirty years ago, we didn’t have email, the internet, mobile phones, budget air travel, video conferencing, or touch screens – all things we take for granted now.
Let’s take this one step further: your mobile phone. It tells you the time, calculates sums for you, connects to the internet, sends emails and texts, let’s you talk to anyone in the world via video link, records video – oh, and it also lets you make phone calls. Thirty years ago, you’d have needed a watch, a calculator and a video camera to do just three of those – now it all fits in your hand and we’d be lost without it.
The point I’m making is, as technology moves on, people seem to naturally embrace it, but when it comes to recruitment, for some reason it doesn’t seem to apply. Think of the last time you recruited someone – I’m going to take a stab in the dark as to how your process went. You got loads of CV’s sent to you and most of them were either woefully inadequate or completely irrelevant. Did you then whittle them down to a handful of potentials and ultimately settle for the best of a bad bunch? I’m not a gambling man but I’m willing to bet I wasn’t far off the mark with that assessment.
My question to you is why? Why are you doing this archaic song and dance ritual when the technology is available to make this process so much more effective? We at Mercury Hampton recognised this and decided to do something about it. The result was Mercury Hampton IQ and a 96% post-hire retention rate. Look, I’m not going to do the Big Sell treatment on you, but just take a look at our brief walkthrough of Mercury Hampton IQ and I challenge you to tell me that I’m wrong. If the 20th century way of recruiting works for you, then that’s great: the best of luck to you.
For the rest of us, business, time, and technology have moved on. Make sure that your recruitment process has done the same.