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When you get right down to it, recruiting is one of the most important parts of any successful business – and one of the toughest to pull off well. You know that you need to recruit quality employees to make your business a success, but first, you have to find them.

What’s more, you have a tricky balance to maintain when it comes to your time commitment. You don’t want to rush through the process, but you also don’t want to spend forever on it, either.

These tips can help you work more efficiently when working through the recruiting process.

Phone Screening

One of the most important steps of the recruiting process is the phone screening phase. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most tedious. Calling and screening dozens of candidates can take time, which can be better spent on other parts of the process. Automating this process, therefore, with preset questions and allowing candidates to record their answers, can free you from the obligation of sitting through dozens of calls.

Take Notes on Devices

Let’s say you’ve gone through the trouble of siting through those recorded phone responses, and have picked out a few candidates to welcome in. You go through the process of interviewing them, and only when you finish interviewing the last candidate, do you realize you have no idea what the first candidate said any longer. That’s a shame and not a fair way to evaluate potential candidates.

That’s why you always want to make sure to take notes during your interview processes. An increasing number of interviewers prefer to take notes via laptops, Macs, iPads, or other devices. Even if you take notes the old-fashioned way, with pen and paper, it’s always a good idea to transfer them to a device. Not only is it still good to have a digital copy in case something happens to the original, but having all your interviews stored in a single file can make them easier and faster to review side by side.

Streamline your interview process with these recruiting tips.