Most companies can benefit right away by ensuring they have a well-organized approach to staffing their company, succession planning, hiring, development, and other basic HR processes.
One mistake we consistently see companies make is deciding to immediately fill an open position just because it is open. We recommend, instead, that they do a review of all the functions of that job to ensure that there’s not some other way of doing those functions. In fact, there may be employees who would take on those functions if they were simply asked, especially if those functions would help them grow and develop in some way or are things they would enjoy doing.
With regard to improving your hiring practices, it’s best to be highly organized and make sure that the process represents the company well. If your screening and interview process seems disorganized or contains questions that don’t seem to relate to the job, candidates can be easily turned off to your company.
Doing things that are intentionally frustrating to the candidate or cause them anxiety in some way are strongly discouraged.
Having an outside firm like ours do an “audit” of your employee hiring process can be extremely valuable. We are typically able to identify changes a company can easily make that radically improve the hiring process.