You've posted your manufacturing job opening and the resumes are rolling in. Congratulations! Now what?
The hiring process is an important step for both you and your potential employees, but the more complicated it gets, the higher your risk of losing a candidate to another job opening. Instead of letting every little detail slow you down, use these five tips to help make your manufacturing hiring process simple and stress-free.
1) Start with the application
To improve your hiring process, it makes sense to start at the beginning — the very beginning. Applications are a job seeker's first step toward engaging with your company, so it's important to put your best foot forward and grab their attention right away.
To do this, Forbes recommended applications that are short and to the point to avoid losing the interest of your potential employee. Only ask for information that is absolutely necessary to screen the candidate, and let the rest of your hiring process fill in the blanks once you have your applicant hooked.
2) Don't wait for the perfect candidate
Although you may be tempted to approach the hiring process with a perfect candidate in mind, don't. Very few job seekers check all the boxes, especially when it comes to manufacturing — so be ready to evaluate your priorities when it comes to qualifications. Also remember to think outside the box and give job seekers the benefit of the doubt: After all, your best new employee might come from an unexpected background.
3) Use prescreen technology
According to Inc., one of the best ways to simplify the hiring process is to make use of prescreen surveys.
Let's say your applications are so amazing that hundreds of job seekers are filling them out. That's good news for your manufacturing company, but it can create a lot of work, too. Prescreen surveys are messages automatically sent after candidates have submitted their applications, and the goal is to use simple yes/no or true/false questions to weed out individuals who may not be a good fit. This saves time for both you and job seekers, simplifying the hiring process from the start.
4) Reach out as soon as possible
The longer you wait to follow up on an application or lead, the higher your risk of losing a potential employee to the competition. Don't let those notifications pile up: Instead, reach out as soon as possible — even just to acknowledge receipt of an application.
5) Be flexible
Because the hiring market is so competitive, it's in your best interest to be flexible. This means scheduling online or group interviews where possible, discussing job requirements over email or text when necessary, and considering applicants who may not bring the necessary skills but can easily be trained on your manufacturing processes. This type of flexibility can be uncomfortable at first, but it shows job seekers that you're eager to find creative solutions and build strong teams.