A number of businesses across the country, and around the world are having major difficulties filling positions as industries switch to more technology-focused jobs. This is cutting out the older workforce and has created openings for future employees that currently haven’t left high school and university yet. This is creating a big issue for particular businesses who need cyber assistance employees as well as those in the virtual reality and augmented reality fields.
Outlined below are some tips to make the process of hiring for a difficult to fill the position a little easier.
Streamline and Fast track interviews
One of the issues a lot of employers get strung up on is wasting time setting up interviews and planning them. If you’re looking to fill a role quickly, and save money, utilise all of the tools you and your candidates have to make the process as effortless as possible. This means using one-way video to get your candidates to answer their interview questions, then you can watch over them all later. This way, you can pluck out the best of the best for the real in-house interview.
In the same scope as this, you should also tailor your interview questions around getting as much personalised and work-related information as possible. If you can’t sit down directly with candidates you need to be able to form a personality profile of them in another way. This can mean asking questions about their hobbies, what their daily or weekly sports activities are and their future and past goals.
Possibly the most important part of filling the position is correctly advertising. How will candidates and job seekers even know the role exists if it isn’t posted in the correct areas. Utilise any and all job listing platforms to get your vacancy out there, and that can include Facebook’s Jobs section too, you’ll be able to utilise user data and target your listings to the qualified users as well.
More ‘old school’ job listing sites are great to spread the word about a vacancy too, like Gumtree, Indeed and Seek, all of which have metadata and tags to help anyone searching for a particular role find the listing.
When advertising your listings though, it’s important to make sure all of your business’s websites and social media accounts are up to scratch, as candidates will back away from sketchy and outdated looking companies, mainly due to the assumption that the company isn’t legitimate.
Dig deeper than a resume
As we all know, there’s far more to a person than their work history, their resume and their cover letter, so when looking for a great candidate, don’t look past all of the other facets that make a person unique. Look towards the social media of the candidate, and even ask them during an interview about their personal life, but don’t get too invasive. It’s all about working out what type of person the candidate is and how they will work within the business and with their team.
Encourage your candidates to share and create a happy and welcoming environment in the interview and do your best to try to develop a questionnaire that will collect as much personal information about the candidates as possible.
Don’t be too targeted
This is particularly important for niche roles such as those in cybersecurity, app development and other highly skilled tech-based roles as there aren’t typically a lot of job seekers with these skills. This means that HR and employers need to make sure that they aren’t too targeted and cutting off a large portion of their candidate’s just because they don’t fit their role perfectly. This is the time to hire candidates from university, or who have only been in the workforce for a few years and train them on the job.
The best way to expand this target is to look for candidates who have a few of the skills required for the job but have the good learning and friendly attributes that will allow them to be taught and trained the new skills they need. Simply by doing this you’ll have access to a far larger number of candidates and have a greater chance of filling the role.
Use industry resources and online communities
These areas are perfect for finding the right employees to fill a difficult position as they’re already packed with those almost perfect for the role. If you target a trade show or an online community within Reddit, Facebook groups and even on LinkedIn you’re more likely to find candidates that are relevant and hold the knowledge and skills from the beginning. But better yet, you’re almost definitely going to find passionate and devoted candidates in these areas, as they’re taking their own time to continue interacting and immersing themselves in their roles and careers.
Online communities are a hub for likeminded people and those with the drive and enthusiasm for their field, which typically makes the perfect candidate. If you’ve found or connected with someone anywhere in the world who might be the perfect employee, but they aren’t located near your business, then the power of the internet revolution comes in — utilise them as your full-time remote team members.