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The Relationship Between Application Software and Best Practices

Comments Off on The Relationship Between Application Software and Best PracticesWritten on August 10th, 2011 by
Categories: Corporate Recruiters
Best Practices. Standardized techniques, methods or processes that have proven themselves over time to accomplish given tasks

Best practices. We read about it, we talk about it, consultants deliver lectures about it, organizations tout its value, industry experts define its components and we are told that we must do it. Corporate recruiter and third party recruiter relationship management - can application software provide a best practices approach?

Historically, application software has provided businesses with a means to manage and control their internal business processes using a repeatable best practices approach. The use of application software to manage and control the business processes related to corporate and third party recruiter relationship management is far more challenging. These business processes are dependent upon one another, yet independently managed and controlled:

  1. Internal recruiting processes are managed and controlled by corporate recruiters

  2. External recruiting processes are managed and controlled by independent third party recruiters

Application software designed to deliver a repeatable best practices approach to corporate recruiter and third party recruiter relationship management may simply not exist - for the reasons sited above. How then, can corporate recruiting organizations use application software to achieve a repeatable best practices approach? To do so, both parties must utilize the same application software.

Corporate recruiting organizations should require third party recruiters to use a specified application software solution if they wish to partner with you - the same solution that you use or another.  Four different approaches should be considered:

  1. Required Implementation. Restrict third party recruiter relationships to those partners who implement and use a corporate approved application software solution when working with you

  2. Provided License. Provide third party recruiter partners with a license for a corporate approved application software solution and require that they use it when working with you

  3. Required Subscription. Require that third party recruiter partners subscribe to and use a corporate approved hosted application software solution when working with you

  4. Provided Subscription. Provide third party recruiter partners with a subscription to a corporate approved hosted application software solution and require that they use it when working with you

It is important to identify the internal and external business processes associated with corporate and third party recruiter relationship management. These processes should be supported by your chosen application software solution and include: communication, agreements, fee structures, job descriptions, job postings, feedback for candidate submissions, feedback from candidate interviews, decisions on submitted candidates, and more.

Application software may be the key to implementing a best practices approach to corporate recruiting, but it may also represent the biggest challenge.

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