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Hiring Efficiency

As inflation rises, competition intensifies, and workforce shortages become more pressing in most industries, many companies find it challenging to recruit top talent in a cost-effective, timely manner. In response to these challenges, many companies have turned to "quick fixes" to boost recruitment, only to find themselves with a poor candidate experience, loss of top talent, poor hiring quality, and increasing turnover rates which exhaust resources and create bigger problems.

The answer to the hiring crisis is a streamlined, tech-enabled approach that accelerates the candidate's journey without sacrificing the candidate's experience OR the quality of hire. This approach to recruitment is known as hiring efficiency.

What is Hiring Efficiency?

The term "hiring efficiency" simply refers to the speed and effectiveness of a company's recruitment process. Hiring efficiency in HR begins with a review of all of your hiring processes, identifying areas of improvement, and implementing new strategies to streamline the process and eliminate unnecessary redundancies. An efficient hiring process means filling open positions quickly with top-quality candidates, reducing time-to-hire, lowering costs, and improving overall recruitment outcomes.

Next, implementing the right tools can help you speed up the development of a candidate pool. At Pillar, we like to build upon a foundation of applicant tracking software, using AI-sourcing tools like HireEZ and digital assistants like Paradox's Olivia to engage candidates and provide qualified prospects to interview. Now that you have candidates, using interview intelligence software can help you assess them in a structured and unbiased way. This gives you an objective step-by-step process to identify the best candidates.

During the interview process, 5- 6 steps are most often all that's needed for an individual contributor (IC), and 1- 2 more for each advancement, from manager to VP level. After each interview, feedback should be gathered from the interviewer(s) and shared with the candidate for transparency. This allows for a faster decision-making process and ensures that all parties are on the same page.

Once you've made a decision, onboarding and ramp times can also be streamlined by using tools like Greenhouse to automate tasks and track progress. This allows new hires to get up to speed quickly, reducing the time it takes for them to become productive members of your team.

Importance of Hiring Efficiency in HR

  1. Faster hiring: Long vacancies lead to productivity and revenue loss. Streamlining hiring cuts time-to-hire, helping companies onboard top talent swiftly for smooth operations.
  2. Cost savings: Inefficient hiring processes can be costly for companies, whether it's from extended recruitment periods, high turnover rates, or wasted resources. Hiring efficiency helps cut down on these costs and allows companies to allocate their budget toward other important areas.
  3. Improved quality of hire: Streamlined processes and AI tools help companies assess candidates effectively, leading to better hires who fit the company culture and have the skills to succeed.
  4. Enhanced candidate experience: In today's job market, candidate experience is vital. An efficient hiring process emphasizing transparency, communication, and prompt decision-making can significantly boost the overall experience and attract top talent.
  5. Better retention rates: Streamlined hiring emphasizes finding the right long-term fit, reducing turnover, and keeping top talent.

So now that you know the potential impact of creating hiring efficiencies, let's dive into formulas and metrics to help you measure and track your hiring efficiency.

Hiring Efficiency Formula

The hiring efficiency formula is a strategic tool used to measure the effectiveness and velocity of an organization's hiring process. At its core, this formula accounts for two primary components: the time-to-hire and the quality of hire. In its most basic form, the hiring efficiency formula would be:

`Hiring Efficiency = (Ab / (Ta + Qh)) * 100`


  • `Ab` represents the number of hires who meet or exceed the performance expectations set for their role,
  • `Ta` is the average time-to-hire across all roles, and
  • `Qh` stands for the quality of hire, which can be quantified through various metrics such as performance ratings and retention rates.

Using this formula as a baseline, let's build on it to create a strategic plan to increase hiring efficiency in your recruitment process. Beginning with your brand and employer image, how could you increase hiring quality and accuracy in your hiring process? Would it be to address any negative reviews or look at new technologies to help you attract top talent? Building a brand that people are excited to work for is a huge step. It's far easier to attract the best people when they're already excited to work for you. Without a high-quality talent pool, your options are very limited.

Next, focus on the "must haves," instead of the "nice to haves." This is especially helpful if you're currently attracting very small pools of talent or the wrong candidates. Focusing on the "must haves" means boiling down your job descriptions and expectations to the core functionalities a candidate must have for success in a role. If you're hiring a content marketer for 95K a year, having a Ph.D. in BioMedical Engineering probably isn't necessary - but this is a type of mistake we see companies make all the time and it seriously limits their hiring options.

Now that we've solved brand issues and simplified expectations, let's generate a steady stream of new applicants. There are 3- 4 really effective strategies here:

  1. Build an Employee Talent Network: Great people usually know great people. The candidates that come from your employee network are probably the most qualified and warmest you'll speak with.
  2. Get Your Channels Right: Identifying where your ideal candidates are most active and optimizing for these channels is huge. Whether it's on social media sites like LinkedIn, at career fairs, Universities, or through job boards.
  3. Build a Talent Pipeline: Even if you don't have a current opening, it's important to consistently engage with potential candidates and keep them in your pipeline. This will save time and effort when an opening does become available.
  4. Utilize the Right Tools: As mentioned earlier, AI-sourcing tools like HireEZ can help streamline the process of finding qualified candidates. These tools use algorithms to search through resumes and job postings, saving time and effort for recruiters.

Next, shifting to a structured interview process will allow standardization and consistency in evaluating candidates. This not only helps with decision-making but also ensures fairness and objectivity for all candidates.

Finally, creating regular intervals for ongoing analysis and optimization of the hiring process is crucial. By regularly tracking metrics such as time-to-hire, quality of hire, and candidate experience, organizations can identify areas for improvement and make necessary adjustments to continuously improve their hiring efficiency.

These are all strategies to improve hiring efficiency, but let's look at an example to illustrate how this change can affect your hiring process. XYZ BioTech notices that their competitors all have a 35-day average time-to-hire and theirs is almost 50 days- way above the industry average. However, new hire performance ratings are exceptionally high - indicating a very high quality of hire. Armed with this information, the HR team focuses on improving hiring efficiency by streamlining and standardizing interview processes, using interview intelligence to score candidates’ skill sets, and implementing tools like Paradox's Olivia to increase candidate engagement. All of this decreases time-to-hire by 20%, and saves HR more than 4 hours per week, per candidate. Win-win.

Recruitment Metrics And Hiring Efficiency

When looking at hiring efficiency, there are tons of recruitment metrics you could consider. We've talked at length about how time-to-hire and quality-of-hire play pivotal roles, but what other metrics could you account for in your hiring processes? A comprehensive recruitment metrics dashboard will often include these 7 Most Common Recruitment Metrics:

  1. Candidate Net Promoter Score (cNPS): The cNPS assesses a candidate's likelihood to recommend the organization's hiring process. It is vital for understanding candidate experience and identifying areas for enhancement. A positive candidate experience can boost the company's appeal to top talent, enhancing hiring efficiency.
  2. Cost-Per-Hire: This metric calculates the total cost of hiring a new employee, covering advertising fees, recruiter salaries or commissions, and other administrative expenses.
  3. Offer Acceptance Rate (OAR): OAR measures candidate acceptance rates. A low OAR could signal a misalignment between offers and expectations or a competitive job market. Increasing OAR usually requires refining job offers, benefits, and negotiations to streamline hiring and reduce recruitment cycles.
  4. Diversity Hiring Rate: This metric evaluates the ratio of diverse hires to total hires. Prioritizing diversity can boost an organization's cultural mix and innovation, attracting more talent and accelerating hiring by tapping into diverse networks.
  5. Source of Hire: Knowing which recruitment channels produce the most hires enables recruiters to allocate resources effectively, boosting hiring efficiency.
  6. First-Year Attrition Rate: This shows the percentage of employees leaving within their first year. High attrition suggests hiring mismatches. Analyzing this helps refine recruitment, enhancing employee retention and cutting replacement costs.
  7. Applicant Drop-off Rate: This metric keeps an eye on how many candidates begin but don't finish the application. A high drop-off rate could point to problems with the process being too long or complicated. Streamlining it can make applying easier, increase completed applications, and bring more talent into the mix.

All of the metrics we've included in this article can help you drive meaningful change across your recruitment processes, but focusing on the ones that matter most to your organization is the key to making lasting improvements.

In conclusion, integrating a comprehensive recruitment metrics formula and a streamlined recruitment metrics template that you use to assess your hiring process each quarter will ensure you're continually boosting hiring efficiency. Keeping time-to-hire and quality-of-hire as core metrics but also accounting for metrics like Candidate Net Promoter Score, Cost-Per-Hire, and Offer Acceptance Rate enables data-driven decisions and refine recruitment strategies to align with organizational growth goals. Continuous improvement is rarely "comfortable," but over time, the creation of a well-crafted recruitment metrics improvement plan will pay dividends long-term.

If you're ready to revolutionize your hiring strategies, book a demo of Pillar today. We'll show you how interview intelligence can simplify hiring decisions and help you make better hires.