If you want to hire the best candidates on the market, you must find innovative ways to attract them.  As an organization, you have to make sure you are studying well enough the potential candidates to ensure they are a good fit for your company.  As a potential candidate, you will do the same, and evaluate what this organization can offer you that others can’t, and then make your final decision.

Finding a great employee is overall very similar to finding a great partner in life.

How to impress your recruits:

If you are dating someone, you certainly try to find ways to impress that person to have better chances to win their hearts, correct?  It is the same principle when you are trying to win over a professional relationship.

  1. Job posting

Again, compare it to your ad on a dating site.  It has to be truthful, appealing and exciting to attract the right candidates.  Make sure the ad is accessible and easy to understand for the job seeker.  Don’t forget to talk about the organization as a whole, and not only the job itself.  After all, remember that most serious candidates will be looking for long term career and this opportunity might be in most cases a way for them to step foot into your wonderful organization.

  1. Adapt your interviews

This is a great example of how important the preparation to the interview matters.  You should review carefully your candidate’s file and create some personal and unique interview questions. Your interviewee will feel valuable and possibly more comfortable answering some personable questions.  Also, as you are recruiting some professional staff, there is no need to be so formal in your questioning, you can create a discussion atmosphere while getting the answers you are looking for.  Finally, be on time.  You need to give your candidate the respect he or she deserves in all aspects.

  1. Propose what the applicants are looking for

Most candidates are not necessary looking for high paid jobs.  In fact, according to several studies, employees would take a pay cut if they could find a job that helped them acquire a better work/life balance.  Family time (vacation time and benefits), growth opportunities are super important to most of job seekers, so make sure you do emphasize on what you can offer them, keeping it truthful of course at all times.

  1. Be the best marketing tool you can be

Each time you do attend a social event of post on social media, you should take pride in mentioning your organization.  You are in most cases the best promoting tool for your firm as you are the living proof that you are treated right and offered fair pay and benefits.  This can be a very efficient way to recruit many great candidates, and the ones you actually want to lead to your organizations, as you choose to target specific groups.

Your organization will benefit thinking through their hiring process and the way they are marketing themselves to their candidates.  This will definitely be observed by any future employees.  It can make a big difference in the type of employees you will attract or the ones who will end up being interested working for your organization.

David Klein is a leading Executive IT Recruiter & Headhunter with over 15 years industry experience.  As Manager of Recruitment Strategy for KDS Staffing, Inc., he has achieved industry-leading success. David has successfully led, trained and introduced many in the art of Executive Recruitment and Headhunting. If you or your organization would like to discuss hiring needs, contact David at 646-650-2833 or david@kdsstaffing.com.