Agile Recruitment: Talent Acquisition to Hire the Best

“The continued uncertainty induced by the Covid crisis, the change in typical practices, and the evolution of roles and skills have highlighted the need for agility and responsiveness in organizations. Also in talent acquisition, an agile approach will bring more flexibility and efficiency to the sometimes rigid and complex recruitment processes.”

The initial meaning of the term agile is connected to physical reflexes or balance, but in recent years, in difficult economic contexts “agility” has taken on a very special meaning. 

The agile technique becomes an increasingly popular project management phrase in recent decades. The agile approach consists of a continuous improvement process that makes it possible to anticipate, react quickly and develop a project according to customer needs. This allows teams to react quickly to change. In Human Resources, the agile approach puts people back at the heart of concerns and allows building a collaborative culture by promoting communication, exchanges, feedback, and transparency.

What is Agile Recruiting?

Agile recruiting techniques are based on promoting higher efficiency by dividing down projects into smaller jobs. The term “sprints” is widely used in agile project management to designate brief, defined windows of time during which specific tasks are assigned to distinct team members. Here’s an example of a sprint plan:

Week 1: Find applicants and submit information for the hiring manager’s evaluation.

Week 2: Discuss comments with the recruiting manager before reaching out to the candidates who were not chosen.

Week 3: Schedule in-person or virtual interviews with applicants.

Using the agile talent acquisition framework upgrades the way recruiters fill open requisitions by allowing them to:

  • Stay focused on the top priority work that delivers the highest business value.
  • Maintain transparency with hiring managers and candidates.
  • Be adaptive and innovative to continuously improve, as well as identify and overcome bottlenecks.

Although using an Agile approach in talent acquisition allows recruiters to process requisitions more efficiently, the real benefit from agile talent acquisition is being able to find and hire talent that will provide the most value to the hiring managers’ organization for years to come.

Key Values of Agile Talent Acquisition:

We came up with five key values that embody the core of agile talent acquisition and act as the prerequisite mindset to successfully adopt this framework in an organization:

  • Commitment- Promise to accomplish all defined tasks in each sprint and build a trusting partnership between the talent acquisition team and hiring managers.
  • Focus- Maintain focus on deliverables and provide outstanding experiences to hiring managers and candidates.
  • Collaboration- Utilize agile principles, tools, and metrics to transform how recruiters work together in teams.
  • Innovation- Enable teams to meet changing business needs through frequent retrospection, iteration, bottleneck identification, and adaptation.
  • Empowerment- Empower teams to make decisions, remove obstacles, and take calculated risks to deliver their commitments on time and within scope.

Conclusion: Agility – More Than a Method, a Philosophy

The transition to agility can be a real challenge. Simply setting up a so-called “agile” method and tools will not deliver the expected results. Sometimes it can even be cumbersome rather than agile. This transition begins with a specific mindset, an openness to change, through listening, trust, and respect for individuals.

Agile recruitment techniques, when correctly executed, offer improved flexibility, scalability, and more engagement from all stakeholders engaged in the recruiting process. As this recruitment approach gains popularity, it should contribute to the development of better applicant pools and enhanced recruiting performance for years to come.

The success of an agile approach relies more than 50% on human factors. The people who make up the project teams need to change their mindset, think differently, let go of old reflexes and take a positive approach to change.

To conclude, the agile approach allows Human Resources to considerably improve the collaborative culture, promote creativity and innovation, and thereby transform the development of potential.

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