In the typical company, a hiring manager, recruiter, or HR team handles the recruiting and hiring processes and delivers new talent where it is needed in the organization. Sometimes this paradigm works well, but all too often a project team or department finds itself with a new employee that is not a good fit for what it is trying to accomplish.
The team may end up extensively training the new hire to be able to function within it, or there may be an uncomfortable period of disruption in the team after which the new hire leaves the team or the company. Sadly, sometimes both of these things happen, hampering a team or organization from accomplishing important objectives.
Collaborative recruiting involves the entire team in the recruiting and hiring process, and it can lead to a more effective recruiting process in many instances. While collaboration may seem to make recruiting and hiring more complicated and cumbersome, it actually leads to a better result and often strengthens the team in the long run.
The Benefits of Collaborative Recruiting Practices
Including the whole team in the hiring process has a whole host of benefits that may not be apparent at first. One great thing about collaborative recruiting is that candidates get to see the team in action before taking the job. Meeting a well-functioning team with which candidates can see themselves working may prove to be a big selling point to attracting top talent to the job.
Having more people involved in the process can also cut down on the number of hiring errors, since more opinions can help to weed out potential problems. When a candidate is hired, the team is more likely to take ownership and help the new hire get up to speed quickly. As a result, overall productivity will often increase for teams with collaborative hiring practices.
Being involved in the interview process can have other benefits such as team members that know more about the company values and culture, best practices in recruiting, and even how other companies handle recruiting decisions.
Logistical Challenges in Collaborative Recruiting
Like other collaborative processes, there can be challenges to recruiting collaboratively. Any collaborative process can break down if communication is not a priority for everyone on the team. Keeping everyone in the loop takes considerable effort and can easily be neglected in the face of more pressing job responsibilities and deadlines.
One way to resolve some of the communications difficulties that could arise from a collaborative recruiting process is to use software to help manage and track recruiting. Software can make some of the communication involved in the recruiting process automatic by keeping track of who has evaluated which candidate or sharing impressions after an interview.
Thrive TRM can streamline the recruiting process and boost communication with collaborative features that help team members share thoughts and information quickly and easily. Collaborative recruiting does not have to eat away at productive time needed for other tasks when team members can automate parts of the process. Schedule a demo to explore how ThriveTRM enables collaborative hiring practices today.