Posted in Executive recruiting

Setting clear and effective recruitment goals is important for companies hoping to attract top talent. When creating goals, you should keep in mind both the needs of the company and the skills of job candidates. One of the best ways to determine your goals as a hiring team is to set SMART goals:

Defining goals with specificity ensures that there is no grey area or uncertainty about what your team is trying to achieve.
MEASURABLE: You should be able to measure the success of your goals so that you know whether you have accomplished them the way you hoped to. This also gives you insight into how you could change or adjust your goals in the future for better success.
ACHIEVABLE: It is good to be ambitious. However, you also need to make sure that the goals you are setting are realistically achievable.
RELEVANT: Always make sure that the goals your team is setting align with the company’s overall goals and values.

TIME-BASED: As you determine your goals, set some deadlines in order to ensure that your goals can be met promptly.

Below, we will discuss some of the ways you can put together SMART goals that will set your hiring team up for success during the search for candidates.

Make sure the hiring team is on the same page. 
As a hiring team, you need to make sure that your goals relate to the needs of the team and the specific positions that need to be filled. Collaborate with executives, HR professionals, and hiring managers to develop job descriptions and determine needs. By understanding the specific preferences and requirements of everyone involved in the hiring process, you can set SMART goals that will make finding the right candidates easier. This helps your team avoid wasted time, energy, and resources.

Approach goal-setting with larger company goals in mind.
In addition to consulting with the hiring team, it’s crucial to consider the goals and needs of your company’s leadership and the overall organization. Make sure the hiring team understands the priorities of the company so that you can align recruitment efforts with organizational goals.

Determine what is needed to accomplish your goals.

While goal-setting is essential, it cannot be achieved without the right technology and tools to support your talent team. Evaluate your team’s technology needs based on the goals you have set. For example, if you aim to enhance diversity in your hiring process, you need a way to collect the relevant demographic information from candidates. Many helpful tools can set you up for success to reach your goals, and taking the time to find those tools will save you time and effort in the long run, in addition to making sure your team can find the best talent for your company.

Making your recruitment process a success requires some planning and goal-setting before the process begins. By following these tips, you can position your talent acquisition team for success and contribute to the long-term growth of your company.