Why Your Company Should Consider Referrals

In an age where online job postings are king, the age-old “referral method” is overshadowed as a means of finding that right candidate for a role. In fact, more often than not, existing employees can potentially be that key link to a successful hire, providing HR professionals with an efficient process of filling an available opening.

There’s no doubt that the standard hiring process is a tried-and-true practice with great results. However, in an article on Jobvite.com, organizations that use employee referral programs for potential new hires – as well as those using ATS software – reported “that these employees draw a higher volume of high-quality candidates.” Plus, the potential hires are more likely to be a better fit for a company than non-referral candidates.

According to LinkedIn, hiring a referral is also a method that can provide several benefits to a company as a whole including:

  • Time Savings: In a study conducted by the Society for Human Resource Management, the average time it takes to fill a given position is 42 days. A referral can offset this time considerably as the whole process of creating a job posting, screening resumes, and conducting interviews for a shortlist of candidates is often eliminated.
  • Offsetting Internal Costs: There are always several costs that can be endured during the hiring process. Staffing agencies, online Job boards/fairs, advertising, candidate travel fees, background checks, and drug testing are just a few of them. In fact, according to the same study by The Society for Human Resource Management, the average cost-per-hire is approximately $4,129. While it may still take some time and effort when considering a referral, much of these resources – and the costs that go along with them – are often not required.
  • Higher Employee Retention: According to an additional article on Jobvite.com, companies experienced a 46 percent retention rate after one year compared to 33 percent from career sites and 22 percent from job boards. Additionally, employee referrals resulted in a 45 percent retention rate after two years; more than 20 percent from job boards after two years; and 14 percent after three years.

Although the conventional hiring process is still a great way for companies to fill a position with highly experienced candidate, a referral is just one efficient method to consider when trying to hire the right employee for your team and company.

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