If recruitment and retention of new employees were an easy task, businesses wouldn't hire Headhunter or HR department. The business usually faces several challenges in recruiting new employees. A business's ability to overcome these challenges is dependent on several factors including the economy, the competence and commitment of the recruiter and the attractiveness of the company to new employees.
Hiring Manager Issues
According to human resources firm The Adler Group, many Headhunter or HR department have difficulties with the hiring manager. Often, the person in charge of designing job descriptions or making the final decision about who is hired puts in insufficient effort to find the most qualified candidate, picks a candidate based upon personal characteristics rather than professional competence or fails to use effective interview tactics.
Quality of Candidates
Candidate quality is almost always an issue, particularly in a changing economy where new technologies, awareness of global economics and increasing educational requirements are in high demand. High-quality candidates are quickly snapped up, and it can be difficult to lure them to a new job, particularly if the job doesn't have a topnotch benefits package. When the hiring process itself takes a long time, the best candidates are sometimes offered -- and opt to take -- a job from another firm. Further, many businesses do not have a hiring and recruitment strategy and instead simply seek a new employee when there's a vacancy. This can decrease their access to the job pool and make it more difficult to recruit a quality employee when there's a vacancy.
Compensation, benefits and working environment are all significant factors in recruitment. In a tough economy, many businesses cut back benefits, which makes it much more difficult to attract the best candidates. Headhunter or HR department often have to find creative strategies to make a job or job listing more appealing.
Retention is as important as recruitment, and many employees leave their jobs for greener pastures only a few months after starting. Corporate culture and working environment play a major role in retention. Further, when a benefits package isn't excellent, employees may leave as soon as they get a better offer. Headhunter or HR department are often tasked with the challenge of screening employees for loyalty and determining whether an employee is likely to leave in the first year.