What is Data-Driven Recruitment and How Can it Benefit You

What is Data-Driven Recruitment and How Can it Benefit You

Unless your business is a one-person operation, you need talented and dependable employees to maintain peak performance. Unfortunately, many hired employees don’t work out as well as expected. Is there a preferred way to find the best employees?

Data-Driven Recruiting
One approach to consider is data-driven recruiting. Unlike an approach that is simply based on gut feelings or instinct, data-driven hiring uses a set of measurable facts, skills and job-relevant criteria in designing the recruitment process. It is, in essence, setting up a process with the end in mind: Finding the best employees for the business needs.

Devising a Data-Driving Hiring Plan
Designing a data-driven recruiting campaign recognizes firstly that there is likely a large pool of excellent candidates not yet known by the organizations that need to be found. Here are four steps to use when designing a fact-based recruitment program:

  • Understand Your Business Needs and Objectives
  • Choose a Set of Useful Metrics
  • Collect Data and Analyze the Data Set
  • Utilize the Results to Find the Best Candidates

Data-Driven Recruiting Example: Finding Quality Delivery Drivers
Consider XYZ Company. It is in the retail business, operating from both brick-and-mortar stores as well as an online store. Part of the business model is to offer speedy local and regional delivery. The company needs to add competent and dependable short-haul truck drivers to maintain its growing business.

In the past, XYZ has had some trouble keeping qualified drivers. Management decided to design a recruitment program that evaluated three factors that they believed would bring in the best candidates:

  • Previous Short-Haul Delivery Experience
  • A Clean Driving Record
  • Excellent Interpersonal Communication Skills

The first factor was measurable and easily done. The second was achieved with the assistance of a firm specializing in background checks. The third was then done via an office interview.

A data-driven recruitment process is sure to benefit your company in ensuring that you eliminate bias and hire only the most qualified people. Get in touch today so we can help you design a fact-based recruiting program.

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