There are so many players in the hiring process and traditionally each has his or her own role to play. There are recruiters, sourcers, hiring managers, executives and sometimes even peers. Each serves their own purpose, whether that’s evaluating culture fit, checking references or screening for skills, but there’s a downside to this siloed way of hiring. It may be what we know and accept, but that doesn’t mean it’s the way things have to be. In hiring, collaboration between these parties is key to better hires in less time.

Identifying the intersections

To make collaboration happen in hiring decisions you’ve got to identify the intersections where there are opportuniities for collaboration. Your sourcer may never talk directly to an executive making a final decision, but there are places in the process where information gathered by a sourcer makes its way to that executive. The probem with this kind of chain is that key information and opinions get lost along the way. Similarly, who else should be part of the key conversations happening between a recruiter and hiring manager? Going back to basics, are your recruiters and hiring managers even making collaborative hiring decisions? Start from the beginning and evaluate where those intersections occur and how you can capitalize on them.

Knowledge sharing

One of the best things about collaborating in the hiring process is that everyone benefit from the knowledge each person holds. You may all be experts in your areas, whether that’s finding the best candidates or knowing exactly what you need in an employee, but by collaborating you can gain useful knowledge that other members of your team hold. For instance, a hiring manager may have a great deal of knowledge about the qualities a great candidate will and won’t have, but if they’re not sharing with others who are part of the process then that knowledge is limited in how useful it can be. Collaboration breaks down the bariers that all too often form between members of the hiring team due to time constraints, lack of understanding of how successful hiring works or just because people think they are the only ones who need to know a specific piece of information or lessons learned through experience.

Fostering collaboration

It’s great to talk about collaboration and to understand why it works, but making it hapen isn’t quite as simple. It takes a real commitment to making the hiring process open between team members and to have people desire to share and gain knowledge from others. One of the most important aspects of fostering collaboration is making it easy and convenient for everyone involved. For most teams, simple communication and time constraints are a real challenge that keeps things from moving along and keeps each person siloed in their role. However, if your team uses an applicant tracking system built for collaboration, you have the ability to chat, make decisions together and see what each person is thinking, tearing down the most significant barriers to collaboration. Making collaborative hiring decisions could be the best change your hiring team makes in the new year.