The days of post and pray (put out a job ad and wait for people to apply) are over and we believe that is a good thing. Sure, we still put our vacancies online so people know we are hiring, but that is only the first part of our plan of attack. Let's dig in!
1. Job posting
Goal: get word out that we're hiring for a specific role and have something to refer to.
We post our vacancies here , available in English
HR is admin and updates pictures and copy on the overall page. If you have suggestions, please poke them.
The hiring manager is responsible for the vacancy and job description.
Goal: long term brand building.
At Intempt we are pretty good at positioning ourselves as a company that knows what they are doing. That’s no coincidence: most of the time we do and we have a lot of smart people working here. That’s the basis of course. But to give that image a hand, think about the following things:
- Share/open source pieces of your work for others to use
- Stay up to date: don’t forget to invest in reading/listening/watching stuff going on in your field. When sharing something cool you learned by looking at new things: +1!
Always be selling.
There is a potential applicant in everyone we meet. Even if it's not them, their neighbour, friend or relative might be interested.
This way, we get high quality frontend applicants who send us an application
Goal: both short and long term. Get people in who are a match according to us.
Sourcing is our most important way to get people in. Sourcing is every way of proactively asking people - who we find interesting - if they are interested in working with us. This mainly happens online and can really be an art. The days of just Linkedin inmails are over, we have to be more creative.
Important: We only use candidate info that is publicly available when sourcing. If we reach out to candidates we mention where we found them and where we got there contact info. We rely on legit interest when we reach out, but delete all data when a candidate is unresponsive or not interested. We only source candidates after a hiring team reviewed the profile, so reaching out is always a serious invitation for a cup of coffee.
Sourcing is practically always part of the hiring strategy because it's the fastest way to get quality people in. Some pointers:
- Do it for every job. Also for jobs that get a lot of applicants (like the editorial positions). We recommend everybody to use sourcing.
- Source to pin down your profile. New roles can be hard to pin down in a few bullet points. Since we can only hire (or turn down) someone if we know exactly what we are looking for, sourcing can be a good addition. You make a list of 20 people who match your profile so far on paper, aks your top 5 if they would like to have a cup of coffee with you. Use those conversations to finish your profile.
- Always start with sourcing. Mainly because it takes time and it takes more steps than an applicant who is ready to go. So don't wait until you notice you don't have enough good people coming in. Start with it.
As said, sourcing is an art. So leave the black belt sourcing hacking shizzle to email@example.com. We will help and advise you in the process. What you can do now is think about these different groups and ask yourself if you know (or know people who know) good people.
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