Your IT hiring process, if lengthy, may be preventing you from securing the best staff. Whilst we’ve always recommended working quickly when it comes to recruitment, it’s now more important than ever. The market is like we’ve never seen it before. And we’ve been doing this for well over 20 years.
There’s something in common with the companies who are still able to recruit great IT staff in 2022. Their IT hiring process. Our team share their insights on how to speed up your IT hiring process. We’ve taken best practice and combined it with what’s working in the real world.
Follow our advice and you can ‘recruit someone worth recruiting’.
Start your IT hiring process with a great job spec
Job specs used to simply be a long list of expectations and demands. If yours are still like this, then it’s time for a change! Yes, it’s still important to have a list of desired skills and experience. However, it’s how, and where these are listed in your spec. The best specs when it comes to attracting candidates all follow a similar structure.
Start with details about the company. What is it that makes you attractive to a potential employee? When it comes to IT hiring, candidates are most interested in technology, upcoming projects and more. But don’t forget the bigger picture too. A lot of candidates, particularly generation z are looking for purpose to their roles. A purpose doesn’t have to be saving the planet or ending world hunger. A purpose can be something as simple as making life a little easier for a certain group of people. Think about your company’s purpose and highlight this in your spec. Or failing that, what about your values? If you have clearly defined values, sharing the in a job spec will help you to attract candidates who share the same values.
It’s also key to highlight the benefits in a job spec. Dedicate an entire section to all the benefits on offer for the role. Whether hard or soft benefits, showing them in a spec will again help to attract more candidates.
Getting your job spec right will undoubtably speed up your IT hiring process.
Engage a specialist IT recruiter
We’ve written many times about the benefit of working with a specialist IT recruiter. With a market like it is, it’s not as easy as it used to be to recruit, Job adverts aren’t working as well as they did and it’s a specialist recruiters’ network that the candidates are now coming from. Be sure to choose carefully. But getting it right will most definitely speed up your IT hiring process.
Getting from CV to offer
This is the most crucial part. You need to be able to react quickly to a CV. Don’t want until you have 5-6 CVs to sift through. Doing this will mean that you are likely to lose your element of choice. If you receive a CV from someone who has the skills and experience you need, interview them ASAP! And by ASAP, we really do mean 24 hours if possible. Now that 98% of 1st and 2nd stage interviews are held via Teams or Zoom, it easier than ever to be quick.
Then, should you like the candidate after the 1st interview, get them booked in for the next stage within 2-3 days. Again, this can be remote if it makes things easier. If after that stage, you are wanting to make an offer. Invite the candidate into the office. Again, do this within 24 hours if possible. If this isn’t possible then we strongly advise to get the offer out with 24 hours to start the ball rolling.
How Langley James can help speed up your IT hiring process
We are not ‘yes men or women’. We are here to make sure that you get to meet the best possible IT candidates for your role. We will advise you on the things you need to do to achieve this. We want you to be successful when it comes to hiring in IT and we will do everything possible to help you. Wouldn’t you want to work with an agency like that? Get in touch with our expert team today and experience the difference of working with a true specialist.