Recruiting is a great field to work in if you want to make an instantaneous, tangible impact on someone’s life. Most recruiters start out as recruiting coordinators, a critical and often difficult position to work in.
A common misconception about recruiting coordinators is that you’re only scheduling interviews and setting up candidate travel/reimbursements. Anyone who’s a recruiting coordinator knows that’s not the full story. Recruiting coordinators possess strong communication skills, intimate knowledge of hiring best practices, and directly impact all interviews.
Unfortunately, as a recruiting coordinator, it’s difficult to leverage all of your knowledge to improve hiring practices without using the right tools to free up your schedule. Here are three tools that are key to your success.
1. A Hiring Assessment (Pre-employment) Tool
There are many different types of assessments/pre-employment tools out there, so it’s important to pick the one that will help you find the candidates with the skills necessary to excel at their future job. The most common assessments are job knowledge tests and personality tests.
Generally, recruitment teams administer these tests once a candidate passes an initial phone screen, but they can be implemented at any point within the hiring process. Administering one before a time-consuming onsite interview is a great way to filter out candidates and confirm their skills.
In fact, a recent CareerBuilder survey found that hiring managers caught 56% of candidates lying about the skills that they have on their resume. Leveraging an assessment can save you valuable time — and also provide your hiring managers and interviewers with a great pool of (actually) qualified candidates.
2. A Candidate Sourcing Tool
As a recruiting coordinator, you know more than anyone who exactly your company is looking for and how long the interview process will take. Leveraging a sourcing tool is a great way to help automate one of the most time-consuming aspects of your job.
So, how does it work? A typical sourcing tool takes any of your open job postings and automatically finds candidates with the skills to match the posting. It’s a great way to augment the outreach that you’re already doing — and you might even find candidates you wouldn’t have found on your own.
3. An Interview Scheduling Tool
The most time-consuming aspect of a recruiting coordinator’s job by far is scheduling interviews. Don’t believe us? The next time you schedule an interview, try timing yourself. You’ll be surprised (and maybe disheartened) by just how long it takes to line up busy schedules.
Software with interview scheduling capabilities, however, automate that entire process. This means that everything from phone screens to onsite interviews are on the books in under one hour. Speeding up this typically arduous process means you can spend more time talking to candidates and helping prepare them for their interviews. With a reported one million more job openings than unemployed individuals, any tool that can improve the candidate experience (and, thereby, differentiate your company) is a game changer for your organization.
Being a recruiting coordinator can feel a lot like juggling. Leveraging any of the above tools will finally give you the opportunity to use the skills you’ve been cultivating. And who knows — with all that extra time, maybe you’ll finally be able to work on an interesting project to nab that promotion.
Ready to Level up Your Candidate Experience?
Time’s up for interviews full of scheduling headaches. It’s time for candidate-centered, connection-driven interviews instead. To read more about how to make that happen for your team, download 5 Steps to Hiring Top Talent at Scale.