Great talent, no matter at what level or in what discipline, is in significant demand the world over and too many companies give up in favour of recruiting what they can get instead of what they really need. Recruitment becomes a chore that hiring managers try and move off their table as quickly as possible.

Hiring seems to be at the bottom of priorities in too many companies and unless it becomes part of an organisation's core strategy, it is unlikely that you will ever be able to recruit your dream employees to deliver the ambitious growth you have set yourselves.

Here are the 5 biggest challenges facing hiring professionals and how you can overcome them;

1. Identifying quality candidates

Make sure you invest time to really understand what your company needs in a role both now and in the future. Also, make sure that you have done your research and have a firm understanding of what actually exists in the market. There is no point trying to fish for something that isn't swimming in the lake. 

Furthermore, keep an open mind about the level of experience, remote working and the additional expertise that you could bring in. It is unlikely that you will identify exactly what you want without some compromise.

2. Long lead time

Candidates like to be made to feel special and so minimising the time of your recruitment process is critical to your success.

Plan ahead. Avoid planning the next stage when you need to as it will undoubtedly cause unnecessary delays especially when you have to find time in the diaries of multiple decision makers.

Plan the recruitment process as you would a critical project in your business, with key milestones that have been well communicated and put in peoples' diaries. 

Communicate this project plan to candidates and keep them bought into the process.

3. Pressure to fill open positions

It is all about thinking ahead and not getting yourself into a position where you just have to fill a role accepting, all the worst compromises in the only candidate who is interested in your role.

4. Managing job postings

Simply posting a job on an online website is no longer enough. You need to discuss where candidates may hang out with your marketing team and communicate in all the relevant social channels with enticing and inspirational content.

5. Collaborating with coworkers

Inviting coworkers to be a key part of any recruitment process and to help evaluate candidates is a great thing to do. However, you need to ensure they know what is expected of them and not simply throw them in at the last minute. They can add real value in the assessment process if you let them plan.

All in all, think about recruitment strategically and not the chore you want off your desk quickly!

Find out more about Collingwood's recruitment process here