According to the American Research Group, the average American spends over $900 on gifts, food, and decorations during the holiday season. That number might sound alarming to the average consumer, but to business owners and managers, this sales surge brings excitement, rewards, and at times, an equal dose of angst.
Needless to say, hiring for the holidays can be quite the challenge. A hiring manager’s biggest worry is not having enough employees to handle the holiday madness and their priority is to expand their team with quality talent within a short timeframe. Before we dive in, take some time to reflect on the previous year and in the meantime, here are three steps you should take to prepare for what’s to come.
It’s time to push your traditional hiring methods aside and hire a bit more efficiently this season. With the holidays right around the corner, now is the time to start strategizing how your team can hire top talent, faster.
iCIMS’ survey report, 6 Tips to Score a Part-Time Job in Retail During the Holidays shared that nearly 90 percent of hiring managers can tell if they want to hire a seasonal employee within one minute of starting the interview. With video technology, promote a stress-free experience for your candidates, boost candidate engagement, and effectively screen candidates in a shorter amount of time without scheduling an onsite interview.
In preparation for what’s to come, it might be easy to fall into the “quantity over quality” method of hiring, but remember; you’ll want to keep some of these new hires way past the holiday season. With that being said, hire candidates that align with your company’s core values to ensure they’re the best cultural fit. Of course, it’s important to hire skilled workers but don’t underestimate the value in finding someone that is passionate about your business.
To bake this approach into your hiring strategy, pinpoint your company values and determine how those values can become actionable. Another option could be incorporating behavioral questions into your interviews to identify if your candidate is the perfect fit.
Instead of looking outwards, don’t forget to look within before the holiday hiring season. Your employees are often the best source for finding skilled workers who are passionate about your culture. According to LinkedIn, one-third of companies believe employee referral programs are their top source of quality hires. In other words, improve your quality of hire, cast a wide net, and let those eager candidates come to you.