My first experience with recruiting was 1985.
Our family business would run a short ad in the Buffalo News weekend edition and at 9 am Monday morning the phones would literally ring off the hook. Everyone in the office would frantically take down applicant’s names and numbers, and my mother and I would call back each one for a 5-10 minute chat, and then mail an application and wait for them to be returned (via mail).
Fast forward 30 years– how things have changed.
Now applicants want to find out about your job opportunities before they are open, from their social network, apply online in 10 minutes from their smartphone, and get frequent updated communication about the status of their application and next steps.
Can your selection system handle all this?
If not, you will be missing at least 40% of candidates this year. Likely more if you want tech-savvy candidates of any generation…
Quick article to outline the concept “Do You Have a Mobile Recruiting Strategy?”
INFOGRAPHIC that shares statistics of the need for mobile recruiting
Luckily most larger employers aren’t prepared for mobile recruiting – yet– but 90% indicate this is a top priority for 2016.
Passive (employed) candidates are your largest source of applicants- so you need to meet them where they are and make it easy to attract A Players.