The Best Tech Talent Recruiting Tool You’re Not Using
We Bet You’re Not Doing This Within Your Tech Talent Recruiting Process
There’s one crucial step as part of the Tech Talent recruiting process that will solve most of your hiring challenges. And the majority of people we talk with aren’t doing it.
Doing this one thing provides so many benefits to your overall hiring efforts including:
Bringing clarity to the interview process and the questions you should be asking
Improving the flow of candidates applying to your positions because they know exactly what they are applying for
Improving your ability to select the right candidate after the interview process
Providing a post-hire roadmap to improve onboarding, productivity and engagement
As if those benefits aren’t worth your time and effort alone, in our over 20 years experience in the recruitment industry, it is the most effective process we’ve found to drastically reduce your chances of a mis-hire.
So What Recruiting Tool is it?
If you want to attract, hire and keep great people, you need to get very clear around what you need that new hire to do. And take it one step further by getting very clear on what success looks like on the job.
You might be saying, well we do that. But there’s a right way to do this and a wrong way to do this. Let’s start with the wrong way.
Why a Task-Based Job Description Isn’t Effective for your tech talent recruiting
The work document most organizations use is a task-based job description with a focus on a listing of skills and qualifications.
Traditional job descriptions are misleading because they don’t define what a job well done looks like, let alone the activities of the job at all. They just provide a laundry list of qualifications with no connection to why that skill is needed.
They define the person who will take the job based on flawed assumptions about what it takes to accomplish the work. Doing this narrows your pool of possible candidates and also results in hiring the wrong people for the job.
Yes, tech skills are important but it’s the results that come from those skills that make the difference.
The Right Way to Define a Role – Focus on Results
The right way to effectively write your needs for a new IT role is to focus on results. Not the tasks or the technical skills, but the results needed from the person who takes this position.
That’s why we developed the Outcome-Driven Job Description which defines great performance, not skills.
A simple example: you’re looking for a sales professional for your organization and your job description says you’re looking for someone with 5 years of experience and a university degree. You’re describing what the person needs to have.
Instead you should focus on outcomes. What the person is going to be doing. What you need them to accomplish. Try this, We’re looking for someone who can drive revenue to $2M in Q1.
If someone can do that, then he/she obviously has the skills to do the work. This is who you need to be looking for someone who says, I’ve done that. Focusing on the desired results is a more accurate way of matching the right skills to your role.
This shift is worth the effort upfront as it saves you from expensive hiring headaches. Using this process, we’ve proven a 94% retention rate for our placements still on the job 6 months later.
The Bonus is an Ongoing Roadmap for your New Position
You’ve put the effort in to develop what results the new hire will be responsible for. Now use it. The Outcome-Driven Job Description has life beyond the first day. You and the new hire can use it to benchmark success in the position over the first year. There’s no miscommunication of expectations or goals because they were documented before the first handshake.
Stop Relying on Outdated Job Descriptions
Increase your tech talent recruiting accuracy in Toronto by taking the time to develop an Outcome-Driven Job Description as part of your hiring process. It’s the backbone of our FlatFee IT service and is a revolutionary way for Small and Medium-sized businesses to get the tech talent they need for their winning teams in Toronto and beyond.
Want to learn more about FlatFee IT and the Outcome-Driven Job Description, click through and contact us. Even if you don’t work with us, it will be worth the conversation.