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How Hiring Will Change in 2016

Hiring trends evolve constantly, especially as HR technology changes. Those who are involved in their company’s hiring need to remain aware of these developments in order to ensure that their business remains competitive and continues to recruit the most talented employees that their industry has to offer. With 2015 coming to a close, here are some hiring trends to watch out for in the new year:

Quality of hire > length of time it takes to fill the position.

In years past, hiring managers felt a lot of pressure to fill a role as quickly as possible. While this is still important, business owners are realizing that the quality of the hire far outweighs the length of time it takes to fill a position. With an increasing awareness about disruptive, constant turnover, hiring managers and CEOs are looking for employees to stay put for the long haul.

However, despite this realization, businesses know that when positions are open for too long, it puts a strain on the rest of the team. As a result, they will continue to turn to social media and other platforms in order to spread the word quickly about available jobs in hopes of cutting down the length of time involved in the hiring process.

There will be an increased focus on developing talent internally.

Promoting from within will become even more important in 2016, as businesses begin to shift the focus even more heavily toward developing existing internal talent. While finding high performing individuals working in other businesses is great, it’s often easier to recognize the strengths of those already working in the company, as they are more familiar with company policy and protocol. This cuts down on training time and increases productivity.

Company branding will become even more important.

Businesses are realizing that in order to recruit effectively, they need to put a focus on their company’s recruitment brand. How are they presenting the business to current and potential employees? What do people see when they research the brand online? What are the company’s values and areas of focus?

Many of the trends that will become dominant in 2016 have already started to emerge in 2015, yet they’ll only become more important in the new year. Because of this, it’s important for recruiters to take note now and use these trends to shape their 2016 hiring strategies.

If you’re a hiring manager, how do you think recruiting and hiring will change in 2016? Share with us in the comments!

Lauren Levine

Lauren Levine is a copywriter/blogger who contributes to a number of magazines and websites including The Frisky, USA Today, and others. She also authors her own blog called Life with Lauren. She loves cooking, anything on the E! network, and is trying to convince herself that running isn't so bad.