Having a fully optimized funnel of qualified candidates is what separates a successful business from one that is barely hanging on. However, we’ve found that the same can be true when you’re dating and looking for Mr. or Mrs. Right. In either scenario, the process of narrowing down top prospects consists of a solid job description, sourcing candidates, online or phone interviews, and a series of in-person interviews. As such, with Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we thought it might be interesting to compare small business recruiting with dating. Tell us if you agree.
Always Start with a Job Description
Small business recruiting efforts should always start with a well-written, clearly defined job description. Not only do you want to know exactly what you’re looking for and where to look, but you want to attract the right candidates for the position.
Before you start dating, you should know what you’re looking for as well, even if you don’t explicitly write it down. What qualities does your ideal candidate have? Are they kind, respectful, athletic, funny? Do they enjoy long walks on the beach or binge-watching hours of TV? Are they a fitness buff or a couch potato? Is the candidate college-educated or were they schooled on the streets?
Granted, most people just fall into dating, but if you’ve reached that point in your life where you’re approaching dating with any level of intention, do yourself (and your future partner) a favor and spend some time thinking about exactly what you’re looking for.
Where you source candidates makes a huge difference in your ability to attract the right type of people to your small business. The same can be said for dating.
For example, if your small business recruiting efforts are searching for a highly-qualified chief financial officer, your best bet is to post your job opening to executive search sites or involve an executive recruiting firm to target individuals who are already in similar types of positions. You wouldn’t post the position to your local university’s career page.
The same can be said for dating. What type of person are you ultimately looking for? And where is the best place to attract that type of person. If you’re looking to party or keep it casual, maybe hitting up the bar scene or utilizing an app designed to swipe left and right is the right way to go. However, if you’re looking for someone who aligns with the qualities you’re looking for in a life partner, you might want to try other sources.
Narrow Your Candidate Pool
The next step in your small business recruiting efforts is to narrow down your candidate pool. Simply letting the world know that you’re firm is hiring will likely draw in a number of qualified and unqualified candidates, and it’s up to you to determine who is a good fit.
Narrowing down your “candidate pool” isn’t that different on the dating scene. While it can be exciting to talk with 30+ different prospects that at one point complimented you on your physique and ability to carry on a conversation, that excitement will wear off. While some dating websites will give you key compatibility factors, the process of narrowing down your prospects is mostly intuitive.
Meanwhile, small businesses can quickly automate the process of resume sifting, parsing, formatting, interview scheduling, etc with a small company applicant tracking system.
An ATS automatically sorts resumes as per the job description or keywords selected by the recruiter. Sorting of the qualified candidates is done within minutes rather than wasting valuable time that can be better spent on other small business recruiting efforts.
An applicant tracking system helps small businesses avoid unconscious bias that naturally occurs when recruiters sort through resumes manually.
Make the Interview Count!
At this point, you have a shortlist of candidates that are interesting enough that you want to bring them in for an interview. If you’re recruiting for a small business, you might conduct a phone interview first, but then you would schedule a series of interviews leading up to an offer.
Along the way, you might come across candidates that could be useful in the future, but not necessarily a fit at the moment. If you’re using an ATS, you can actually retain those resumes in the ATS database to ensure that an ideal candidate is not lost for future opportunities. Furthermore, the ATS keeps candidates engaged before, during and after the interview process.
If only dating could be this simple. The actual term “dating” implies a series (be it long or short) of interviews that will eventually lead to a decision to either spend the rest of your life together or part ways.
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