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How Might You Develop a Better Hiring Process for 2021?

No doubt about it, the COVID-19 pandemic made 2020 a rough year for everyone. Thankfully, your business was able to thrive to the point of needing to hire new employees. You’re beyond grateful for this, but it made you realize your hiring process needs some fine-tuning.

Staffing support in Pennsylvania is available, and that’s certainly something you would consider. However, before making a decision, you want to cover all the bases to find the best approach for your company. Here’s a few ideas that will make a huge difference.

4 Tips to Improve Your Hiring Process for 2021

Move Faster

Active job seekers are eager to secure a new opportunity. Whether they’re unemployed or unhappy in their current role, they’re ready to start the next chapter. If your hiring process drags on longer than necessary, it’s likely causing you to lose top talent. The best and brightest candidates are snapped up quickly, so remove roadblocks holding your hiring process up.

Write Better Job Descriptions

Recycling old job descriptions is easy, but it’s also false advertising. Most jobs change at least a little over time, so you need to update them accordingly. Start from scratch and write an entirely new description each time the job is posted. This will require a little extra effort, but you’ll be rewarded by attracting the right kind of candidate.

Focus on Passive Talent             

Sometimes your next great hire isn’t actually looking for a job. Passive talent is currently employed, but willing to change jobs if the right opportunity comes along. Staffing firms maintain talent pools filled with passive candidates, and when you partner with one, you gain access to these professionals.

Hire for Cultural Fit

It’s only natural to get excited when you find a candidate with all the right skills, but don’t forget that’s not the only thing that matters. Skills can be learned, but personality traits are innate. This is why focusing on cultural fit during the interview process is a must. Ask behavioral interview questions — i.e., “Do you prefer solo work or collaboration?” — and include multiple team members in the process to thoroughly assess each candidate. It’s also important to clearly explain your company culture to candidates, so everyone is on the same page.

If you’re ready to improve your hiring process in 2021, HTSS, Inc. wants to help! Get in touch today to find out how partnering with us can benefit your company.


CEO Letter

As a staffing and recruitment professional for over  30 years, I have seen many changes in the industry. Over that time, I’ve witnessed a transformation in the way organizations view staffing services. Today, we see more and more companies using staffing services as a strategic tool, rather than just for temporary fill-ins.

At HTSS, Inc., our focus is on helping companies create proactive workforce plans. Our goal is to help our clients use staffing strategically to increase capacity, overcome hiring freezes, access specialized talent, better manage increased workloads, and enhance overall productivity.

For our candidates, we help to uncover truly rewarding job opportunities—jobs that are a match to each candidate’s skills, and jobs that offer key experience and growth potential.

We look forward to strengthening our relationships with our current clients and candidates, as well as forming new and exciting partnerships in the future.


Pat Howells
HTSS, Inc.