5 Ways Companies Can Improve Hiring Outcomes

Finding the perfect person to fill a job vacancy is no easy task. The recruitment process can be complicated and stressful for both candidates and companies. Partnering with a hiring agency like Nova Staffing can help make the process smoother, but it’s also important for companies to play an active role in the process. If your company wants to hire and retain quality, long-term employees, here are a few tips you can follow!


Prepare for the Interview

You expect candidates to show up to an interview prepared and presentable as a company. That should also apply to you! Make sure you have clear expectations for the role, can articulate the job responsibilities and benefits and are ready to answer some of the most common interview questions. Nothing turns off quality candidates more than feeling like the company they’re applying for doesn’t care about them or their time enough to prepare ahead of time.


Review the Candidate

Many companies make the mistake of preparing for the interview on the job side, but don’t review candidates before they show up. Before you arrive at the interview, make sure you’ve looked over the candidate’s resume, can correctly pronounce their name, and have one or two pointed questions about their experience and skills based on what they’ve given you. This shows applicants that you’re serious about them and, in turn, makes them look at your company more favorably.


Listen Actively

One skill that recruitment agencies swear by in finding quality candidates is active listening. Companies don’t always realize they lack until it’s too late. Don’t simply ask predefined questions and go through the motions. Actually listen to what the candidate is saying and ask questions based on that. A good job interview should be like a conversation. If you don’t actively listen during an interview, you may miss out on hiring the right person.


Look Beyond Hard Skills

Hiring experts know to look at soft skills as well as hard skills. While having the technical ability to do the job is obviously important, having the right mindset and personality for the job is also key. The right candidate won’t just be able to fill the job vacancy, they’ll also fit within the company culture. One good way to test this is if they’re in the final rounds, you can introduce them to some key staff and watch how they interact.


Follow Up Afterwards

One of the most demoralizing aspects of the job search for employees is the lack of communication after an interview. Candidates often feel ghosted after the interview process, causing them to look at your company unfavorably. Doing something simple like emailing them, thanking them for their time, or explaining the next steps can go a long way. Also, if they send a thank you note after, even if they didn’t get the job, respond!


Is your company looking for help filling job vacancies? Contact Nova Staffing today! Our team of hiring experts has over 200 years of combined industry experience, and we’d be glad to find the right candidates to help your company grow.