Candidate sourcing is the process of identifying top talent (in other words, individuals with closely matching skills, education, and interests) for the open jobs in your company or your client’s company.
Candidate sourcing is the search for talented profiles to fill your present and future job needs through various platforms. Recruiting, on the other hand, is the process of screening, selecting and appointing candidates through an interview process.
The key to sourcing competitive talent is measuring your sourcing process over different periods of time to optimize or realign resources invested different sources.
Here’s a list of 5 diagnostic candidate sourcing metrics to track:
The metric is the time taken to hire a candidate from the time he was first sourced. The time for hire by source helps adjust resource allocation to channels that yield right fits at the right time. At the same time, it helps you locate and iron out any bottlenecks in the hiring process that are affecting the time for hire.
The metric gives you the ability to track the returns on all your sourcing investments, the ROI.
Candidate pipeline throughput or the funnel throughput is the candidate conversion rate at each stage of the recruiting process. It proves very powerful especially for roles that hire often or hire in huge numbers. It gives you insights into the quality of applicants a particular source brings which leads you to spot the sources or job boards that are working in your favour or otherwise.
The metric gives you insight rejected candidates and the source they came from. This helps you observe rejection trends and drop or adjust channels that do not bring candidates that fit your roles. For example, if you notice that most of your rejected candidates came from LinkedIn, you can either tweak your job description or requirements or drop the channel all together.
Candidates turn down offers for a variety of reasons - counter offers by current employer, hesitant to relocate, non-competitive compensation, etc. Understanding why candidates turn down your offers helps you modify offers, or change sourcing and recruiting strategies to spot and hire the right candidates.
WHEN YOU USE AN ATS
WITHOUT AN ATS
|Manage all your sourcing channels through a single platform - job boards, career site, referrals, social media, etc.|
|Post jobs to all the major job boards such as Indeed, Adzuna, LinkedIn, ZipRecruiter and manage them from a single central hub.|
|Applicants from all sourcing channels will flow automatically into one system (the ATS), in which you can manage them.|
|All conversations with candidates are filed under one roof (the conversations tab). Your co-sourcers can refer to them, anytime!|
|Collaborate with your team over sourcing decisions, view candidate profiles and leave comments for each other in a single referable place.|
|Archive the best candidates you come across to a talent pool, engage with them, and when appropriate roles open up, invite them to pursue it.|
|Build a thriving talent pool by archiving the best profiles you come across during the sourcing process|
|Post jobs to social media and track their status within the ATS. Source social talent with a lot more ease.|
|Optimize your sourcing by pulling out reports such as time to fill, cost per hire and pipeline throughput.|
The Freshteam ATS helps you take over all your sourcing channels from a single place. It serves as the one central hub from which you manage all job posts, their statuses and applicant inflow. It streamlines the whole recruitment process and even automates most of your redundant routines to help your recruiters focus on the most important things.
Freshteam allows you to quickly create and setup a powerful careers page to attract talent to the open positions in your organization. You can further customise the page to add the look, feel and credibility of your brand.
With an ATS, you’ll no longer have to log in and out of multiple job boards during the day to create, edit, and follow up on job posts. Instead, you can take them all over from Freshteam.
Freshteam integrates with all the major boards - Indeed, Adzuna, Linkedin, Glassdoor and ZipRecruiter. Any edit you make to your jobs on the ATS will immediately reflect to all the job boards.
Freshteam facilitates efficient referral drives. Your employees can refer friends and family to open jobs in the ATS. And, also keep track of the status of their referral via the ATS. Thus, eliminating a number of follow-up emails and conversations.
It adds more transparency to the whole process ensuring that every referral is given a fair chance.
The best of candidates are already employed and not actively looking for a job, social sourcing is the way to reach out to them and attract them.
Freshteam allows recruiters to share their job postings to social media channels in a few clicks and then, automatically streamlines the the incoming applications right back to the ATS.
An ATS helps you make the most out of your sourcing efforts. It helps you build a robust talent pool full of time-worthy candidates. In other words, everytime you come across an exceptional candidate who doesn't fit an immediate role, Freshteam allows you to archive them to a talent pool when you can nurture them and build a connection with them. Eventually, when an appropriate role opens, you can invite them to pursue it.
When applicants apply though your job boards, career site or social media posts, they are automatically get added to Freshteam as candidates.
Freshteam also identifies and associates the medium and source from which the candidates come in to help you identify the channels that are working in your favour.
Your ATS helps you pull reports to see how your sourcing process is performing, and then shift or pursue candidate sourcing strategies based on them.
You have a report for almost anything - Time to fill, cost per hire, pipeline throughput, etc.
“Your recruiters won’t be switching between their email and ATS constantly, wasting time searching for information, running behind the hiring team or struggling with complex, clunky workflows (a feature of most enterprise products). With Freshteam, every stakeholder - recruiters, hiring team, employees - is onboard and happy.”
“Easy to use, great for small businesses - I had a professional looking career site in seconds. It’s very easy to use, I also like their Freshdesk platform and the pricing model that really lets you explore the software and get used to it before committing to pay.”
“Freshteam seemed to have everything we need to move candidates through the hiring process, and at a fair price. Competitors didn’t have everything we needed. The ones with more options had long integration processes and charged too much money; while still not checking all of our boxes.”