When looking to scale up a tech team, whether making a single, targeted hire or resourcing a project quickly there are several ways to ensure you find the right talent without delaying any upcoming projects and subsequent delivery milestones.
Speeding up, or making your recruitment process more efficient, is great for many reasons, it:
- Saves you time BUT does NOT compromise on quality
- Improves the candidate experience
- Accelerates your return on investment
- Gains candidate commitment
- Reduce time to hire which can impact delivery
- Reduces the burden on yourself or team members who are balancing day job activities with recruitment activity
You may be wondering why candidate experience matters as much as the process efficiency factors listed above? According to tech marketplace and review platform, G2:
- 63% of job seekers will likely reject a job offer because of a bad candidate experience
- 60% of job seekers quit in the middle of filling out online job applications because of their length or complexity
- Companies lose as many as 89% of potential candidates due to a prolonged screening process
Ensuring that your recruitment process is as efficient as possible will ensure you don’t miss out on top tech talent. It’s important to remember that if they’re actively looking for a new role, have great experience, and possess strong soft and technical skills, chances are they’re applying to lots of roles and the employer with the fastest recruitment process and deliver the wow factor, will win the race for that candidate!
How to speed up your hiring timeline
Create a targeted recruitment strategy
When scoping out your recruitment strategy, conducting market research to understand which recruitment platforms your target candidate pool uses will ensure you’re promoting yourself to the right talent in the most efficient way.
Dynamic, descriptive job adverts that create a well-rounded view of the role, demonstrate career progression, any benefits you may offer, and an attractive yet competitive salary will increase the chances of your target candidates applying to your roles.
Review candidates quickly – and keep them updated
As we already explored, great candidates will drop out if the application process is too complex, or screening takes too long. What’s more, according to a CareerBuilder survey, 81% of candidates say that the main thing that would greatly improve their overall candidate experience is for employers to continuously communicate status updates to them.
This means that keeping the application process simple, the selection process short, and your candidates regularly updated on their application will create a better experience for them, improve your employer brand and reputation, and increase your chances of hiring great talent!
Create a tailored interview process
Once you have selected your short-list of candidates to interview, you can speed up the interview process by creating a strategy and list of questions designed to draw out your desired soft skills, technical skills and any relevant experience.
If you use technical tests to assess your candidates, ensure that they are not too lengthy as these have been proven to deter top candidates.
Engage a specialist recruiter
Engaging a recruiter who specialises in tech talent attraction, like Formula, will mean you have instant access to the best recruitment marketing channels based on deep market understanding that can target your ideal talent quickly.
We can also help you create engaging job adverts that promote your company culture, and help pre-screen candidates to ensure you only see the talent that truly fits the brief. We can keep candidates informed and updated on the status of their applications.
Our experience within the tech recruitment space means that we can quickly understand your long and short-term plans and ensure we tailor the interview process to efficiently draw out the skills you need to succeed.
Three considerations when staffing a project quickly
Different to scaling up a team quickly, there are some projects, like transformation projects, that won’t require you to hire more people to facilitate it. You may just need to pull some employees from one team onto a project for a short amount of time, or look at alternative short-term staffing solutions. However, time is of the essence when it comes to transformation, so we’ve come up with three tips to help you resource your projects quickly and efficiently.
Understand the requirements of the project first
Understanding exactly what skills you’ll need to facilitate a project’s success is vital to ensure your resource it correctly. This can range from finding the necessary high-level skills and experience needed for the project lead, to the technical skills to enable the day-to-day tasks.
Creating a realistic timeline and cross-referencing it with other business areas priorities will ensure you can draw in the right in-house skills without derailing any other initiatives.
Consider using contractors
Engaging a contractor, or several tech contractors, can ensure you have access to the skills you need from senior-level experience to manage the project effectively, to mid-level experience to handle the systems and process tasks. Contractors are an agile resource who are used to starting a project quickly and delivering fast results, particularly those who are senior and/or experienced contractors.
They are also a cost-effective alternative to taking in-house employees away from other projects and tasks or from hiring additional permanent staff.
Engage a recruiter that specialises in contractor resourcing
Finding the right contractors can be challenging if you don’t have an established network. Engage a specialist recruiter, like Formula, who has a fully-realised contractor Talent Hub and can quickly source independent consultants to lead projects or entire project teams to facilitate delivery. We can ensure your project is resourced effectively and efficiently.
How can we help?
Do you ever wish you had a recruitment specialist who cares as much about your business as you do? A team who can work alongside you to ensure everyone is pulling in the same direction?
At Formula, we get to know you, your organisation and what you’re trying to achieve in the long-term to make sure we get you there! We source high-quality talent with a view to your current needs, and your long-term strategy.
De-risk your talent strategy by using our proven experience in engaging contractors through a compliant, professionally managed, and indemnified process.