Let’s be honest: recruitment often feels stuck in the past. All too often, finding the right candidate feels like door-to-door sales, with low response rates, spammy emails and expensive fees. In the ‘war for talent’, many recruiters are still riding on horseback with bayonets. Enter employee referrals: a less risky and more rewarding way to hire staff. In this guide, we’ll look at some of the creative ways you can modernise and revitalise your referral strategy.
Why referrals matter
The way we hire staff can feel like a never-ending search to find a needle in a haystack. But in the recruitment game, there’s a secret sauce – employee referrals.
Every hire is a potential risk, and no appointment comes with a guarantee of success. But referrals act as a vetting procedure, as your co-workers have direct first-hand experience of working with the candidate in question. We can all talk a good game in an interview, but your teammates’ testimonials can give you the real measure of a candidate’s aptitude, rather than their ability to bluff. Ultimately, that means less risk of a ‘bad hire’. In fact, referrals are seven times more likely to get hired than all other candidate sources, and they’re two times more likely to stick around for the long-term than someone who wasn’t referred.
And of course, the simple fact is that recruiting the traditional way is expensive. In the US, an agency hire costs almost $20,000 in most cases. Think of all the Friday cocktails that could buy…
Creative ways you can boost referrals
So, we’re agreed that referrals are the way to go. What next? Referrals remain a relatively small slice of the recruitment pie, dwarfed by the number of successful candidates who tend to apply for a job, or come through an agency. But nothing stays the same forever, and here are some ideas to increase your share of referral hires.
How Intrro can transform the way you recruit
Recruitment isn’t rocket science, but neither is it a piece of cake. With Intrro, you can strengthen your hand in the ‘war for talent’ with our automated employee referral platform. Intrro lets you proactively mine your employees’ networks and gives you a heads-up if there are existing relationships between candidates and your co-workers. That means you can get the inside track on whether someone is a good match, all through a simple, user-friendly interface. What’s not to like?
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