Onboarding is Now Part of Recruiting

The word "Welcome" typed onto a computer monitor

Onboarding is the bridge between the handshake at the end of a successful final interview and the new hire’s first day on the job, and it’s your chance to make a good first impression on your newly hired employees. Onboarding isn’t just your workplace’s “welcome wagon,” however. The concept does include some welcoming activities to make your employees feel more comfortable, but it is also comprised of concise, easily understood, and relevant training, team-building exercises, and cultural initiation.

Make Sure Your Hires Are a Good Fit

New hires must fit into the workplace in every way, and onboarding is the process that acclimates them to the company’s culture and practices. Despite it occurring after the hiring process, onboarding is still a big part of recruiting. The impression your company makes on your new hires during onboarding is important as it gives these employees an idea of what to expect over the course of employment and whether or not it works for them. An organized and personalized process leaves a better impression and tells new employees that the company can provide the tools necessary for success.

Track Your New Employees’ Progress

HR managers tasked with guiding new employees through the onboarding process can keep track of each new hire through applicant tracking software. They can monitor people’s progress, identify problem areas, and craft and implement solutions. From there, they can also determine which employees may need more training and which ones may not be best suited for their positions.

Free Up Your Recruiters for In-Person Onboarding

World-class talent acquisition software alone, however, won’t win the recruitment battle for you as a recruiter. Recruiters must be able to think and plan ahead for as many contingencies as possible so that they’re rarely, if ever, caught unawares. A forward-looking philosophy is central to a good recruiting strategy, which relies heavily on recruitment analytics.

Keeping track of as many people as necessary to get a good statistical sample is often a challenge for most businesses, and that’s why ATS software and tracking systems are so crucial to the process. ATS software can take care of the analytics and tracking and leave your HR managers free to focus on planning for the future as well as getting to know your new employees and making sure they are comfortable in their new positions and have everything they need to get started.

To determine the success of recruitment forecasting and analysis, human resource professionals need to monitor each new hire throughout the onboarding process. In doing so, recruiters can improve the quality of the candidates that they bring to the company and make sure that they have the tools they need for success.