Are you attracting Unqualified Job Applicants? Attracting qualified talent can be difficult, especially if you’re searching for professionals in a field such as IT. If you are not technically inclined, you may be unsure where to find quality talent, how to attract and recruit them, and what questions to ask them during interviews.
In this blog, we’ll look at how you may be attracting the wrong candidates and what you can do to attract the best candidates in the future.
Not Going Where The Qualified Talent Is
If you want to buy freshly grown produce, you do not go to find it in a butcher’s shop. Simply put, if you’re looking for well-qualified IT candidates, you must go where they are. Top-notch IT talent may not be actively hunting for a job, but they often lurk in niche online groups and professional networking sites. Become a member of the groups and forums they frequent and develop an attractive presence online by producing content that IT candidates want to consume.
Poor Company Reputation
Developing your company brand online is essential, especially when you want to attract qualified job applicants. If your company’s values and goals are not clear, you can be sure to attract unqualified, unusable applicants.
Ensure that your website and social media sites are clear and full of the correct information to convey your brand and company culture. Take a good look at your hiring process and refine and streamline it to effectively filter out unqualified candidates.
Unclear Job Descriptions and Requirements
That first step in the hiring process, the job posting, is a vital first step in filtering out unqualified candidates. Clearly explaining the required qualifications for the job, including education, experience, and specific skills, guarantees you will get applicants who do not meet your needs. On the other hand, not casting a wide net may mean missing out on good candidates that, while not ticking every box, are still well-qualified for the job and may prove a valuable asset.
Demonstrate your flexibility and inclusivity in your job postings while stipulating the required education and skills.
Asking the Wrong Questions
Standard interview questions won’t yield the answers you need when it comes to the interview process. Suppose you want to find the right IT candidate for your open position. In that case, you need to focus on questions that allow them to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in a practical sense—for example, asking a candidate to describe a piece of technology or application in layman’s terms. Another important question would be how the candidate keeps their skills up and keeps up with current trends in the industry.
Posting a simple job available will never attract the right talent to your company. However, making yourself an attractive employment candidate and taking the time to reach out to the talent you want onboard will.
If you need help finding qualified talent, get in touch with our team!