Key Strategies When Your Candidate Pool Dries Up

The US Commerce Department reported that the economy grew at an annual rate of 4.1% in the second quarter of 2018. Many European and Asian markets experience a strong period of economic growth. This is putting pressure on the job market in ways unseen over the past years. Many companies struggle to attract the right number of applicants. Challenged by the lack of available talent on the market.

Is there a candidate shortage? An if so, how do we address it? In this blog post I share some outline some key strategies to deal with the current market situation.

Let go of the relative, embrace the absolute

In a time where top talent is of the market in a few weeks, it is time to act faster. Gone are the days when you are waiting to fill a candidate pipeline before you start selecting. It is not about relative fit (better than the other candidates), but absolute fit (just a great candidate). Letting go of the comparison element and just knowing when someone is a great fit, will give you lots of headway over your competitors.

Let go of seniority, embrace ambition

When hiring for experience only, you will miss out on candidates that may lack the years, but actually have the drive and personality to get the job done. Often better than you can imagine. We have had some great experience in our company to hire master students on a part-time basis whilst still in college. Many of those actually stay on after their studies in a full-time capacity once they have experienced the team, product and culture.

Hire differently

Most job requisitions start with a job description in which we try to encapsulate the details of the role. Reality is that the job description is often incomplete and the candidate will have many more skills. If you just define the goal of the role, suddenly you will open up a new range of possibilities. Hire people with a different background or maybe even hire two people for the role. Open your scope and discover new talent!

Hire better

If you don’t have that many candidates in the first place, making sure that you hire colleagues that will stay is even more important. Having a structured interview process that focusses on personality and culture is key to lower churn. It also creates a fair process if candidates get asked the same questions, so we compare them equally. Especially in a market where it is hard to find a candidate at all, there is a risk to compromise on the one candidate available. In my experience, better to look longer, than to go for a quick fix.

I am deliberately not listing employer branding. For me this is something that you do or don’t do. Not something that you switch off or on whenever you feel like it. Unfortunately, that is the case with many employers. Employer branding helps tremendously in the current market. But only if you are authentic and stick with it in both good and bad times. If you’re thinking of starting now, you will be too late since the effects will only be there in the long term.

You will need to ensure that your process is as fast as possible with the latest HR Tech in auto-scheduling and online interviews for example. That’s where Cammio comes in. But please start with thinking out-of-the-box in recruitment and you will experience that your candidate pool is not as dry as the picture of this Aral Sea in Uzbek. There are plenty of people out there that will fit your team. Be smart and start engaging in a different way.


About The Author

Walter Hueber

Passion for people, technology and business. Extensive experience in online media technology with a clear focus on innovation, development and strategy. I believe that the key to succes in any business is developing a highly skilled and motivated team around a clear business strategy. Throughout my career I have been fortunate to apply my marketing, management and strategy talents in various markets (Asia, Europe and North America) working with diverse international teams and clients. My character is best described as change driven, constantly challenging the status quo, analytic, ambitious to achieve goals, but not status, creative and truly bureaucracy averse.

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