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How to Build a More Collaborative Hiring Team

Posted by Reed Flesher

Does your hiring team work well together to accomplish a shared purpose? When your hiring team becomes more collaborative, better hires will result. Those better hires will ultimately help your organization as a whole to grow and flourish.

How Collaboration Helps

Hiring teams depend on good communication and trust. Communications breakdowns will interfere with trust and make hiring slower, less efficient, and less effective. When the hiring team feels comfortable sharing impressions and observations, members will be able to make better decisions about which candidate is the best fit for a given position.

Building a More Collaborative Team

One step to a more effective collaborative team is to define the roles and responsibilities of each member. The leader should get to know each team member and choose tasks based on their strengths and abilities. This will boost the productivity of the team by empowering members and allowing everyone to contribute something of value.

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Team leaders can derail the process through micromanaging the team. One way to give more choice is to let team members choose who they will pair up with on assigned tasks, and even recruit new members when necessary.

Encouragement and support are also important parts of a collaborative team. Leaders should have definite goals for encouraging and supporting hiring team members, and should also teach team members how to support and encourage each other.

Team members will develop more confidence in their decisions about candidates and will be inspired to learn all they can about hiring best practices with the right support and encouragement.

Clear expectations and standards will keep the team on the straight and narrow, so leaders should communicate these clearly and hold team members accountable. Accountability will lead to greater ownership of projects and better decisions.

Teams need a purpose, and for hiring teams, that purpose is simple: to make the best possible hires and retain them for as long as possible. That purpose can be reinforced with periodic education and training for members and leaders alike.

Finally, collaborative teams will be motivated to work at their best capacity when they are rewarded in tangible and intangible ways. Taking a bit of time to reflect on successes and praising team members for meeting goals are some of the intangible ways to reward hiring team members.

Your Playbook for Better Collaboration in Executive Search

Ready to incorporate collaboration into your executive search process? We interviewed top talent executives from the executive search and startup world to find out how they’re using collaboration in their talent acquisition strategies to accelerate their time-to-hire and eliminate rework.

In the resulting eBook, we break down executive search into four phases: the project kick-off, sourcing candidates, evaluating candidates, and onboarding. Then, for each stage, we’ve identified each phase’s challenge, how collaboration can help, and action steps for recruiters. The result: a playbook for collaborative hiring that you can put into use tomorrow.

 

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