Senior positions are some of the most important roles within a business, but they can often be some of the hardest to recruit for, especially those that fall within the most in-demand sectors. Candidate pools are much smaller for senior roles, requiring businesses to invest more time and resources into securing the best person for the job.
Having the right candidates in place is crucial for the success of any business, which is why we have put together our advice on how to find the right candidates quickly and efficiently.
1. Be Informed
It is vital that you know exactly what kind of candidate you are looking for before you begin the job search. Having a list of criteria will help you to narrow down your search and ensure that you only take the most appropriate candidates through to the interview stage. Also, making a list of what you’re not looking for will help you to refine your search even more. Be specific and ensure those who are interviewing, or involved in the hiring process in any way, are clear about what type of candidate you’re looking for.
2. Be Compelling
If you’re wanting to fill the position quickly, you must make your offer seem unmissable. Make a compelling case for why the potential candidate should accept your offer; what will they gain from joining your company; what employee benefits would be available to them and any training or development schemes that they would benefit from. Highlighting these important details will help to influence their decision. It is often the case that the best employees are already employed by someone else, meaning that your offer must be clear, concise and desirable.
However, Experteer revealed that 97% of advanced candidates want to be found by potential future employers, you need to make sure that you are approaching the right people with an offer they cannot refuse. If they are absolutely convinced, they will jump at the opportunity and the whole process should take considerably less time.
3. Set Time Aside
Recruitment can be a time-consuming process and, if you want to fill a senior position quickly, it is important that you set dedicated time aside for the process. Either clear some time in your own diary or delegate to someone else, allowing them time for the recruitment process. Having dedicated time will help to make the process as efficient as possible and helps to keep the rest of your time productive and on task.
4. Personalise Your Communication
Ensure that all your communications with potential candidates are personalised and relevant to them. Impersonal communication is likely to be overlooked and could make the process last longer if follow-ups are required.
Candidates should feel like they have been personally chosen for the role, which they have. Let them know that you want them to come to work for you and that you are serious and committed to welcoming them on board.
5. Work With A Headhunting Agency
Working with an agency can help to relieve some of the stresses of recruitment as well as save your business time and resource. Agencies will be able to streamline the process for you and ensure that the right candidates are sourced and put forward for interview; they may already have someone in mind. Agencies have expert knowledge of recruitment as well as specialists in place for different sectors. This also means that your valuable time will be spent doing what you do best, running a company.
Here at Red Diamond, we understand the necessity to find the right candidates and we are passionate about placing people in their perfect careers. Get in touch with a member of our team today to find out more about we can help you fill a senior position quickly.