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Revving up Recruitment: How to hire IT talent in 10 days or less

Top IT talent is off the market within 10 days.  

The high demand for skilled IT professionals, coupled with talent scarcity creates a sense of urgency for organizations seeking to fill crucial IT positions. However, organizations can leverage the power of an agile recruitment program coupled with automation and human capability to expedite the hiring process and secure top IT talent.  

Here’s how organizations can rev up their recruitment engines and retain the IT talent they need. 

Understand the current recruitment landscape and it’s challenges 

The IT talent market is facing several challenges that impact recruitment speed. These include: 

Talent shortage 
There is a limited availability of highly skilled IT professionals with in-demand technical expertise. 

Increased competition 
Organizations are competing to attract and secure top IT talent, making it essential to act fast. 

Rapidly evolving technologies 
The continuous emergence of new technologies and evolving skill requirements makes it difficult to find candidates with up-to-date knowledge. 

High demand and low supply 
Growing demand for IT talent across industries results in a limited supply of qualified candidates. 

Lengthy recruitment process 
Complex hiring processes involving multiple stages and stakeholders can lead to delays in extending job offers. 

Retention of IT talent 
The IT industry experiences high turnover rates due to abundant job opportunities, making it crucial to retain top talent. 

The need for speed in IT recruitment

By combining the efficiency of technology with the insights and intuition of experienced talent acquisition professionals, companies can streamline recruitment workflows, identify qualified candidates faster and make timely hiring decisions. 

Adopting an Agile Recruitment Program 
An agile recruitment program emphasizes flexibility, adaptability, and efficiency. It involves continuous planning, agile sourcing, streamlined screening, collaborative decision-making, candidate engagement, agile interviewing, efficient offer management, and continuous improvement. 

Leveraging technology and automation 
Technology and automation tools can significantly speed up the recruitment process. These tools include AI-powered candidate sourcing, applicant tracking systems, automated resume screening, interview scheduling, online assessments, video interviews, candidate matching, streamlined communication, collaborative hiring platforms, recruitment analytics, and automated onboarding processes. 

Knowing the market and competition 
Understanding the market and your competition helps in attracting IT talent. Benchmarking against competitors’ hiring timelines and processes, leveraging knowledge of their employer branding, and building a strong employer brand and value proposition can make your organization more attractive to candidates. 

Compelling reasons to join  
Highlighting compelling reasons to join your organization, such as company culture, disruption/growth opportunities, flexibility/work-from-home options, social/environmental accountability, professional development, reputation, career advancement, and having a voice, can attract top IT candidates. 

Skills-based hiring
Skills-based hiring streamlines evaluation by targeting relevant qualifications, identifying candidates with specific skills. It reduces the need for extensive resume review and unnecessary interviews. Skills-based hiring also expands the talent pool to include alternative paths, fostering diversity, and reduces bias by emphasizing objective criteria. Standardized assessments facilitate quicker decision-making, leading to faster time-to-hire.

Hiring mid to senior IT candidates in 10 days or less: 

By adopting agile recruitment and leveraging technology, organizations can achieve faster time-to-hire, improved candidate quality, and an enhanced candidate experience. Here are the steps to follow: 

Discovery and Analysis 
Understand the hiring manager’s requirements, establish interview and onboarding processes, confirm must-have skills, and craft a list of compelling reasons for candidates to join your organization. 

Sourcing and Qualification 
Execute your sourcing plan, qualify candidates based on requirements, and shortlist four to six semifinalists. 

Presentation and Decision 
Present two to three top candidates, schedule interviews, review feedback, and select a preferred candidate. 

Onboarding 
Negotiate and finalize the contract, conduct reference and background checks, introduce the candidate to relevant team members, and commence onboarding and orientation processes. 

In today’s labor market, speeding up time to hire is crucial to secure top IT talent before competitors do. Swift hiring processes ensure organizations don’t miss out on qualified candidates, maintain a competitive edge, and minimize productivity gaps in operations.

The Voice of Talent Report: State of the Workforce   

Procom surveyed 1, 740+ contingent and permanent workers across the United States and Canada to uncover what’s most important to them amidst heightened expectations, competition and uncertainty.   

We have distilled the data into actionable insights you can leverage to strengthen your position as an employer of choice and access the skills you need. You can get your copy below. 

 

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