Commit to a Fast and Efficient Application/Interview Process
In the job search, we’ve found that qualified candidates are likely to apply for and accept a position based on the order in which they see openings and how quickly they receive responses about their application status. More often than not, home care providers will apply for a position based upon how convenient the application process is. As a home care agency, it is critical to evaluate all facets of the job search and prioritize a system where your openings and opportunities are front and center.
In addition to surveying thousands of clients and caregivers every month, our team also talks to hundreds of home care owners every week. Here’s what we’re hearing right now: Where caregivers used to focus on finding a job that offers flexibility, they’re now gravitating more toward jobs that bring stability. With the ways that COVID-19 has reshaped the hiring landscape, caregivers are seeking roles in which they can be a permanent addition to home care agency efforts.
To cultivate a successful and efficient process, there are a few things you should consider:
Assess Company Needs
Before diving into recruiting efforts, it is important to first evaluate exactly what you are looking for in an individual, and how they can be an asset to the team as a whole. While an individual can add value no matter their background, determining the type of applicant who you see best fit within your organization will help to weed out the competition and give you more time to focus on those who will thrive and grow with the company.
Not only must caregivers fit the role of their specific duties, but they also need to identify with the mission and principles of your agency. This will be necessary as time moves on to ensure that the company evolving and expanding in a direction that aligns within the long-term vision.
Quick Communication & Decisions
Chances are that if a caregiver is looking for a new opportunity, they’re applying to multiple organizations. To stay at the forefront of their job search and remain a top consideration, it is important to be quick and decisive in your communication strategies.
However, if your timeline is lengthy, giving the applicant an overview of the interview process is helpful and will keep them engaged. Agencies seeing the most success right now are committed to responding to all applicants within 24 hours. They will appreciate the way you communicate, and this gives them further insight into what to expect if they accept a position on the team.
Creating a funnel is a necessary component of any thriving recruitment strategy. To be thorough, you may want to include the following metrics to track and quickly identify where in the process you are losing the most applicants.