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What’s Holding Back Your Talent Acquisiton Success


Last week’s figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) revealed another drop in UK unemployment in the three months to November, by 52,000 to 1.6 million. The ongoing lack of candidate availability and concerns over access to skills is placing more pressure on HR to perfect talent acquisition strategies. What’s holding yours back?

Problems with leadership : Poor leadership is partly to blame for the predicted surge of jobseekers in 2017 but half of all candidates for management level roles don’t possess leadership skills. That’s according to a new survey from Robert Half. The CIPD’s HR Outlook Survey also found that over half of employers felt the performance management skills of leaders were ‘ineffective’ and just under half (44%) felt they were not adequate at managing people. Until attention is paid to issues surrounding leadership, your talent acquisition strategy will suffer.

Limited selection criteria : Basing your candidate selection on just one or two criteria will increase your chances of a bad hire. Robert Half’s survey found that nearly 40% of HR directors place greater emphasis on technical rather than soft skills – yet it also cites the lack of communication skills as a problem in recruiting leaders. Incorporating assessment of soft skills in your candidate screening will improve long-term hiring success. What’s more, nearly two fifths of HR directors prioritise interview performance over other criteria yet supporting your decision with algorithms has been proven to improve employee retention levels.