Why your hiring process could be costing you talent
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Why your hiring process could be costing you talent

Now, more than ever, candidates are encountering more automation throughout their journey in the hiring process. From speaking with today’s top talent, we know that candidates are feeling disconnected.   Human touch is important to your talent pipeline, and it should be important to you too. If not, your hiring process could be costing you […]

June 14th, 2023
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Abby.

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A search expert making key hires for over twenty years.

Now, more than ever, candidates are encountering more automation throughout their journey in the hiring process. From speaking with today’s top talent, we know that candidates are feeling disconnected.

 

Human touch is important to your talent pipeline, and it should be important to you too. If not, your hiring process could be costing you talent.

 

In fact, a report revealed that more than 80% of talent say that their experience as a candidate can significantly influence their perceptions of a role or company. This clearly shows that a positive candidate experience is crucial for attracting top talent.

 

Here are five key ways human touch can transform your hiring process for the better.

 

Build Meaningful Connections

 

To establish strong connections with your candidates, it is crucial to engage with them on a human level. Engaging in personalised conversations, actively listening to their career goals, and understanding their unique talents creates a strong bond based on trust. This connection goes beyond a CV and ensures a more comprehensive evaluation of a candidate’s fit for both the role you are hiring for and your company.

 

Allow Better Assessment for Cultural Fit

 

Getting cultural fit right is vital for the long-term success of your new hire. In fact, over 70% of professionals have left jobs due to poor cultural fit, so getting this right is key for reducing attrition rates. Human touch allows you to assess this by delving deeper into a candidate’s values, work style, and alignment with your organisation’s mission. Personal interactions provide insights into a candidate’s personality, communication style, and how they would fit into your current team dynamic.

 

Enhance the Candidate Experience

 

A positive candidate experience is crucial for attracting and retaining top talent. Including human touch needs to be a part of this experience to ensure your candidates feel valued, respected, and supported. It is worth noting that almost 4 in 5 candidates will speak openly to their peers about a poor hiring experience. Therefore, personalised communication, timely feedback, and transparency play a vital role in creating a positive impression and foster long-term relationships, even if a candidate is not ultimately selected.

 

Uncover Soft Skills and Emotional Intelligence

 

While technical skills are important, soft skills and emotional intelligence are equally critical for success. Human touch in the hiring process allows you to assess these qualities in candidates through face-to-face interactions, active listening, and observation. It enables you to gain a deeper understanding of a candidate’s communication abilities, adaptability, problem-solving skills, and emotional intelligence.

 

Facilitate Effective Decision-Making

 

Human-to-human interaction brings intuition and empathy to the hiring process. It allows you to rely on your expertise and instincts when evaluating candidates beyond what’s presented on paper. This will then help you to make informed decisions that go beyond the limitations of algorithms or automated systems.

 

 

In essence, finding the right balance between technology and human interaction in the hiring process will be crucial moving forward. While automation can be effective in certain cases, today’s professionals are still seeking that personalised experience. Without it in the hiring process, it could be costing you talent.

 


 

 

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