Collaborative Hiring

We are generally equipped with an idea that hiring managers are only responsible for recruitment, but with time recruitment process has evolved and new trends are been adopted. Collaborative hiring is a trend in recruitment process where both HR managers and other team members from different departments take part in hiring process. This involves the entire team member of the company which makes the process diverse and democratic thus providing more benefits and opportunities. It typically involves multi-stage interview process where they meet more employees instead of one or two, in this way the new joinee gets to meet almost every team member he/she would be working with.
Here are some of the benefits of collaborative hiring:

  1. Minimise stress on recruiter
    Traditionally, an HR’s role was limited to on-boarding talents but now there are few additions in their role. They are now responsible for retention of employees, employee engagement, manages employer branding etc., which causes a burnout among most of the HR professionals. Collaborative hiring provides an HR with a team which helps them in recruiting the best of talents, although the recruiter will be involved in each step of hiring but maybe as a coordinator. The recruiter will solely be responsible for initial interviews, later evaluations, CV screening and crafting pre-screening questions will be managed by other team members which results in decreased stress level.
  2. Assessment of cultural fit
    Collaborative hiring involves most of the team members that the candidate is going to work with, which helps both the candidate and the team assess whether he/she is fit to work in their team or not and vice versa. Involvement of more team members give’s a full picture of candidate’s cultural fit. This also helps the candidate assess the culture of the company where they can evaluate unity and transparency. Everyone wants to work in a culture where their opinions are being heard and emotions are valued. This type of culture attracts best of talents and also helps in employee retention and employer branding.
  3. Minimise unconscious biasness
    According to a survey, 42% of the traditional interviews fail due to unconscious bias as decision making is left on single hands. With collaborative hiring, there comes a transparency in the recruitment process that gives no space to biasness. When a team is involved, it is less likely that a single recruiter can disqualify a person based on a particular group without anyone noticing it. Therefore, collaborative hiring provides fairness and transparency in the recruitment process thus minimising biasness.
  4. Provides diversity
    When a single person is responsible for hiring, it is likely not possible for him/her to evaluate a candidate from different perspectives. But when hiring collaboratively, it provides diverse perspectives on the basis of which they can evaluate the candidate thus ensures cultural fit and decreases the risk of bad hires. This type of hiring helps the recruiter to assess a candidate from different lenses which will also reduce biasness.
  5. Easier on-boarding
    Hiring collaboratively gives an ownership of hiring to each of the team member involved which provides a sense of responsibility among team members to assist, train and guide the new joinee. This also boosts the confidence of the new employees as they know they have been brought with everyone’s consent and support. So this creates a smooth functioning of the organisation as each one of them is happy to work with each other thus contributing towards a healthy workplace. Hiring collaboratively also save a lot of time as more people are involved so the task will be divided among each member thus  saving a lot of time and also ensuring better decisions.
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