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6 Tactics to Source the Best Applicants

by | May 10, 2018 | hiring process, Passive recruiting, Recruiting Best Practices, streamline recruiting

Candidate uses laptop to apply for job

Uh oh…it’s time to fill that open position. Time to start the whole hiring process again! We understand that sourcing qualified candidates can be a problem for companies of all sizes. But we also have a few tricks up our sleeves.

Check out our list of six tactics you can use in your recruiting process to source the best candidates for the job.

1. Expand your talent pool with passive applicants

Sometimes the best person for the job doesn’t even know it yet. Though it might seem like a waste of time to focus on candidates who aren’t actively looking for employment, this can actually be one of the most effective ways to make quality hires. Because passive applicants aren’t interviewing elsewhere, you have a great shot at grabbing their attention with personalized outreach.

2. Use data to drive your recruiting process

When talent acquisition teams use data to drive hiring decisions, their work efficiency and accuracy of candidate assessment goes through the roof. Sourcing applicants with the help of data and technology will only increase your chances of finding the best-fitting candidate.

If you want to understand the success (or failure) of your ongoing recruiting efforts, keep track of the following five metrics:

  • Online location of job postings. 
  • Cost of posting to each job site. 
  • Number of new applicants, interviews, and hires. 
  • Time between job posting and hire. 
  • All information entered by applicants.

Keeping track of this data will help you identify critical patterns behind your recruiting process, and enable you to improve that process and make better hiring decisions going forward.

3. Get creative with applicant outreach

These days, more and more applicants seem to be looking for ways to engage with their future employers in creative ways. If you’re not ready to think outside of the box in your applicant outreach, you could easily miss out on the best of the best.

There’s an endless array of creative tactics you could employ here. Here are three of our favorites:

  • Referral bonuses: Entice your current employees to recruit people they know and trust.
  • Experiment with language: Not every job posting has to be cookie-cutter. Create multiple unique drafts, each one using different tones and language choices, and post them to different job boards.
  • Use social media: You don’t have to use an official career site to find the best candidates. Sometimes they’r