As I recently transitioned from contingency recruitment to executive recruitment, I was very quickly reminded how important it is to have an effective process in place. Although processes may differ from role to role, it is important to have a strategic plan before beginning the recruitment process. Sticking to a successful process will not only save you time, but it will also drive better results. Processes are unique to each individual, so it is important to find what works well for you to achieve the desired outcome.

Whilst perfecting my own process I came across an article with some great suggestions for improvement. It was a fresh reminder of the full recruitment process from the very beginning from posting a job advert to onboarding a new starter. I found the step-by-step guide very useful, especially when starting a new process from scratch. The article provided new ideas that I have found successful when putting them into action.

Personally, I found keeping the process the same throughout the candidate search resulted in a higher response rate. This was due to reaching out to candidates the same number of times and through the same contact methods. Sticking to the process ensured no candidates were missed during each contact attempt. I was also clear at what step I needed to take throughout the whole process.

Processes will only ever have a positive impact as they set a clear focus on how to achieve your determined outcome. Good processes and procedures provide a way to communicate and apply consistent standards and practice. If you focus on the right processes, in the right way, you can design your way to success.