- While 80% of recruiting professionals hold that interviews are essential to the hiring process, a fifth surveyed by Clutch in a Feb. 4 report said they regret relying on interviews when hiring, wishing they had used tests and assessments also.
- Nearly 1 in 4 of the 505 respondents surveyed said they spend more on online job postings than other recruiting strategies. Slightly fewer said they plan to invest more into recruiting technology.
- Based on its findings, Clutch said strategies such as candidate assessments, passive recruiting and applicant tracking systems may help recruiters overcome common talent acquisition struggles.
With recruiting so competitive in this tight talent market, talent acquisition strategy takes on extreme importance. Employers ought to be more creative in attracting candidates, according to Jeffrey Moss, Parker Dewey CEO.
Hiring candidates from top-tier schools, for example, might not be the best use of organizations' resources, Moss told HR Dive in a previous article. "Right now, companies are filtering out the majority of candidates for thousands of entry-level hires," he said. "They're looking for a signal of who they should dig into and the only information they have are academic credentials and networks. These are not a good predictor of who to hire — or who will be successful."
Some traditional aspects of recruiting, such as cover letters, are here to stay — at least for now. Eighty-three percent of HR specialists, recruiters and hiring managers in a recent ResumeLab poll said that cover letters are still important in the recruiting process.