Imagine your worst nightmare as a recruiter – you’ve just found the perfect candidate for your job, they’ve passed through every interview, passed every test and have been universally accepted by everyone you’ve consulted with — except that one group you forgot to include, who now say this candidate is a no go. Or maybe it’s the President of the company who has their own opinion of what the candidate’s qualification should be. In either scenario – you’re back to square one with your recruiting. How could this happen? More importantly – how can it be prevented in the future.
These hiring misfires can happen because – before even sitting down to figure out the basics of the job you are recruiting for – you’ve failed to identify all of the Stakeholders involved.
What’s a stakeholder? In a project sense – a stakeholder is a person or group, internal or external to your company, that has an interest in your project, or will be somehow affected by the outcome of your project. Stakeholders can have a direct or indirect interest and influence in your project, and knowing how to identify them all and manage their relationships to your project is a major task of a project manager.
In a Recruiting Sense – A Stakeholder is a group or individual who will either have a direct influence on the hiring process, or will be affected in some way by the hiring outcome. Some are more influential than others, but all stakeholders will have some impact on the hire.
Some examples of recruiting stakeholders include:
- Other groups/ teams in your company
- Company Executives
- Outside Vendors or Contractors
- Customers (for external recruiters)
It’s in the best interest of the recruiter to identify all possible stakeholders and get them all on the same page with all the issues concerning the job being recruited. That way, any disagreements or other obstacles can be identified and addressed at the beginning of the process and not when candidates are at the door. That will ensure a smoother and more timely recruiting process and save time and money in the long run.