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What about candidate quality? The latest HR/Recruiting survey results

candidate qualityIn a recent presentation with Dr. Charles Handler, I discovered that although both he and I focused on candidate quality – as does anyone involved in recruiting – we weren’t able to find much data on exactly which recruiting techniques delivered the best quality candidates, according to HR and recruiting professionals. As I was preparing the annual Online Recruiting survey, I decided to ask a few questions about that specific topic. The answers were interesting:

  • When asked to rank recruiting sources by the quality of candidates they produced, respondents ranked the following with Excellent or Above Average results: LinkedIn (69%), Referrals (57%), In-house recruiters (53%), Niche job boards (41%), and 3rd party recruiters (36%).
  • The top reasons that respondents use job boards included: Quality of candidates (vs. other sources) (68%); Ability to interact directly with job seekers (51%); Ability to search the resume database (49%); Ability to create an employer brand (46%); Integration with ATS (46%)
  • When asked which recruiting channels/tools they use most frequently, respondents said: Social media (LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.) (75%); Referrals (66%); Company career site (58%); General job board (53%); and ATSs (43%).
  • The biggest challenge in meeting recruiting goals is still lack of qualified applicants (51%).

Check out the survey yourself by clicking here (it’s free, but you must register to download).

Thanks to everyone who participated! Here’s hoping we see more focus on candidate quality in the future!

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