At the launch of a new business or peak season, most companies embark on mass hiring to cater to demand surge. Another typical time when organizations embark on mass hiring is when they are experiencing rapid growth.
While hiring new employees is a sign of business growth and expansion, business owners or managers must have it at the back of their mind that it’s a delicate task that must be handled with utmost caution.
Here are tips on how to handle massive hiring
- Develop a mass hiring plan
As the famous saying goes, failure to plan is planning to fail. Likewise, undertaking mass or high volume recruitment can run a business aground without adequate planning.
While it’s not a must to involve an army of recruiters in the process, it’s always best to have capable hands assist you in sourcing and screening candidates that show interest in joining your organization. Also, consider bringing in analysts or people that are familiar with your organization’s culture and have an idea of the kind of people you want to employ.
Before we proceed, here is a checklist of factors you should consider while developing a mass hiring plan.
- Analyze how many positions need to be filled
Have a clear understanding of how many positions need to be filled and how you intend to go about it.
- Have an understanding of the local market.
For your mass hiring plan to be effective, you need to know the kind of people you are dealing with — the local job market. That way, you will know what to expect regarding the type of people that will likely be working with you.
- State your goals and what you are looking for in an ideal candidate
During recruitment, especially high-volume recruitments, the last thing you want to is waste time going in circles. To save your time and energy, it always best to conduct a job analysis for the role you are looking to fill.
A job analysis will help you define the skills you want the ideal candidate for the position to possess. As such, making the selection process a lot smoother and hitch-free.
- What is your hiring timeline?
To effectively follow through on your mass hiring plan, you need to have a realistic timeline for events and break the processes down into small bits so you won’t leave any stones unturned.
Other factors consider your mass hiring plan is to get started with recruitment early. That way, you won’t have to be rushing over things and working under pressure. And last but not least, keep close tabs on the cost of mass hiring.
- Explore multiple channels while sourcing your candidates
To hire many people quickly, you need to think outside the box and expand your candidate source. That means you need to come up with innovative and creative ideas on how to source your candidates.
As we mentioned earlier, one way to go is to leverage multiple channels. You can look in the direction of pragmatic Ads and getting your employees to make referrals.
You can also source for candidates online (on social media), open your doors to walk-in applications, and enter into partnerships and collaborations with competent recruitment agencies.
- Develop a fast recruitment process
Speaking of developing a fast or quick recruitment process, you can leverage technology in handling mass hiring. Think about it, mass hiring equals a flood of applications, and that means you will have to spend a lot of hours assessing every application.
However, with technology, you will be able to sift through all the data and identify the most qualified candidates in record time.
We are rounding off
You must bear in mind that the above-listed tips are there is to expediting massive hiring. Other ideas include fine-tuning your onboarding programs (investing in training and mentorships) and maintaining open communication with the candidates. That way, you will be building a positive organizational image and encouraging more people to apply.