Your perfect candidate could be located in any number of talent pools — passive candidates, active job seekers, or even entrepreneurs. Your recruiting strategy has to have a sourcing plan to gather candidates with the skills and experience you need, as well as engage them through the entire selection process. Once you have a plan in place, support your sourcing strategy with technology, social media, and recruiting analytics.
Why don’t we start by acknowledging the big elephant in the room? It’s reference-checking. A lot of companies don’t bother with reference-checks on their candidates, or they think they’re doing them well already. The feeling persists that the reference-check only confirms information the hiring manager or recruiter can see on the resume, and that there’s also a fear of legal risk.
That’s a shame, because when reference-checks are executed well, they are absolutely vital for your hiring decisions.