Who really needs to get involved in the recruitment process? Traditionally the recruitment process has been solely owned by managers, however recently that is starting to change as more companies turn towards more collaborative hiring methods. With some major companies like Google, Apple and Facebook leading the way many companies are now realising the benefits of sharing hiring responsibilities amongst the team. Because hiring is a very important decision, it is a good idea to get as much assistance as possible, this will not only ensure that you can be confident you have hired the correct person for the role but also has additional benefits of higher employee involvement, a more diverse assessment and new candidate selling approaches. Below are some of the benefits we believe every company should keep in mind when looking to hire a new team member. As hiring is a such important decision, it is a good idea to get as much assistance as possible. This will not only ensure your confidence in the hiring of the correct person for a specific role but it will also provide additional benefits like positivity from higher employee involvement, a more diverse yet thorough assessment of each candidate and fresh approaches to the attraction of new candidates. Below are some of the benefits we believe every company should keep in mind when looking to hire a new team member.
Top 5 benefits of collective hiring: 1. Show off current team members: One of the first things a potential candidate asks about a role they are going for is: What is the team environment like? Who are the people I will be working with? By including your employees in the hiring process you are being completely transparent with the candidate and their interaction with the current employees may end up being one of the key selling points. 2. Current employee’s knowledge of the role: Your employees have the best idea of what is required for the role as they interact with it on a daily basis. They have the insider knowledge and will be able to answer some more intricate questions that the candidate might have. The candidate is also more likely to trust their opinion as they will view them as potential peers and not sales-people. 3. Quickly settle into the role: Because the new hire and the team members have already met and the team members were involved in the hiring process it is much less likely that there will be any disgruntled employees. They will feel an added sense of responsibility towards the new candidate and they will be more likely to want to help them get up to speed as quickly as possible. The new hire won’t feel so out of place or like an intruder as they have already gotten past the awkward first meeting. 4. Reduce the risk of hiring mistakes: Including your current employees in the hiring process will ensure that you’re not hiring someone that won’t fit in with the team. Personality clashes are a major contributor to the loss of productivity in the workplace and it is very important to make sure you team is able to work well together on a daily basis. 5. May increase the sense of community: Including your current employees in the hiring process may increase their sense of community. They will feel the value of transparency, honesty and inclusion and they will see first-hand that they are truly practiced as part of the company culture. This will also make the existing team feel that though their opinions are valued, that they are trusted and that they are needed. All of this combined will increase employee longevity and result in positivity within your team. Whist there can be some drawbacks to collaborative hiring such as: - The added time may cause you to lose your top candidates - The cost of the lost employee productivity Many companies believe the benefits greatly outweigh the potential costs and there are several steps that can be taken to avoid these altogether. Recruitment is always going to be a tricky process however it is better to take steps to ensure you hire the correct person the first time.