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Agile teams in HR - 3 minimalist recruiting strategies

Adrian Sita
16 Oct, 2019
2 m read

What is Agile HR Recruiting?

Recruiting and hiring have become more urgent—and more agile. Thus, Agile teams have emerged.

A company constantly needs employees, employees constantly need to gain new skills and the business environment needs people who can adapt to its rapid change. And it all starts with the recruitment process, which is the first interaction with an employee, and which should create a splendid start.

To scale up new digital companies quickly, especially the ones from the tech industry, you, as a HR professional, should have some interesting recruiting experiments, such as

  • cross-functional Agile teams working together on all hiring requisitions;
  • a recruiter representing the interests of internal stakeholders who want their positions filled quickly and appropriately;
  • a scrum master overseeing the process.

Yes, it seems complex and so it is, but as we have already mentioned, the role of the hr recruiting process is primordial for a company, so it is unlikely to be simple. It should be well-planned, and it should comprise enough human and material resources.

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Why should you do that in your company and how to this approach of Agile teams improve your business?

Well, everything comes from an Agile HR mindset, based on values and principles which lead to higher engagement rates and better productivity. The company's management trusts the team that will get the job done and will hire people with a great attitude and smart, exactly in this order :).

Because the attitude really makes a difference. And this is what we all want, right?

Further, the team will ensure that they will get the best out of a candidate in terms of the specific needed skills. HR professionals are looking for assets for the company and, through Agile, they have the means and the best approach to find them.

Steps in HR recruiting for Agile teams

  1. define the desired attributes for candidates;
  2. rank all the open positions in terms of top-priority jobs;
  3. fill the previous jobs;
  4. create a collaborative approach between departments which can bring to surface candidates that can bring more value in other departments;
  5. all the work should be visible to everyone inside the company - usually using Kanban boards;
  6. the entire team decide - in the end

What else? Well, keep it simple, as this article points out.

Recruiting strategies for Agile teams also means keeping things simple and making it easy for your employees to take part in the hiring process. The right system keeps track of everything instead of relying on individuals to track documents, time schedules, etc.

Working in agile HR environments puts professional in an environment which encourages innovation and change, bright ideas and new approaches, all for the sake of the company and its people.

And never forget, in our digitalization world, doing agile is not enough, you must be agile.

This article is part of a bigger topic called: Employee Engagement

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