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Turning Recruiting Process Pain Points into Opportunities: Step 2

Step 2: Developing a Future State Process Vision

Defining recruiting processes can be challenging for organizations, especially if they expect that technology will lead the charge. But the key to successful recruiting technology implementation and adoption is to first define and map the processes, requirements and goals. A three-step exercise, the second post in “Turning Recruiting Process Pain Points into Opportunities,” focuses on developing a future state process vision for your organization.

The future state process can be a partially blank or wholly blank canvas depending on the company and its openness to change. Thankfully, the overall recruiting framework follows a similar path for most:

  • man_binocularsA hiring need is identified
  • A position is defined and posted
  • Candidates find their way to apply through various sources
  • The candidate pool is narrowed
  • The candidate with the best qualifications and fit is identified and with any luck hired as an employee

During the current state interview process, patterns emerge. Interviewees identify many of the same pain points. They also will reveal how they feel the issue can be solved. Sometimes they are right and have brilliant input on how to overcome said pain points. Often times unfortunately, their solution is limited by the technology in place, or by internal guidelines that are required for the good of the whole. It’s important not to shoot down their solutions in the moment, but focus on the heart of the issue. Concentrate on the pain points and evaluate process or technology updates that can eliminate them. Look for areas that are antiquated in the recruiting system or process that can be updated. Build your future state based on eliminating as many pain points as possible.

For details on evaluating your company’s current recruiting practices, read “Step 1: Current State Process Evaluation,” and check our blog for the final post in this series, “Step 3: Mapping the Path from Current State to Standardization.”