Many early stage & hyper growth companies do not have the luxury of having an army of recruiters, HR business partners, and coordinators to help your company create a world class HR Department. This doesn't mean the Founder, Hiring Manager, or office manager turned designated HR person can't pull off a really good HR Solution without breaking the bank or working 24hrs a day. Here are a couple steps that can help:
- Choosing an applicant tracking system. As an early stage company you have a couple low/no cost options to implementing a pretty robust job board. If you have a budget of $100 a month you can utilize options like The Resumator or my new personal favorite Kareer.me to build a pretty great page for candidates to apply. The Resumator gives you more of a traditional applicant tracking system on the back end while Kareer.me gives you an awesome front end candidate experience.
- Create demand around your brand. Simply get a camera or your iphone and create video interviews with your current employees. Compile these videos on a blog (you can set up a Tumblr in 5 minutes) so potential employees can understand more about your company and team.
- For quick on-boarding, check out signmypad ipad app. This will allow new hires to digitally sign all HR related documents that you can easily store on a secure company cloud platform and send copies to the new hire. Eliminate paper and saves time.
- Hire slow, fire fast. Its always difficult being objective when hiring. Its best to hire by committee and allow your team to help select the next hire. Use a 4.0 grading scale and only go to offer on candidates with a collective 3.5 or higher. This will help reduce turnover related to new hires OR BECAUSE OF new hires.