Decision Toolbox CEO Promotes Cutting the Fat Out of Recruitment

Irvine, Calif. — “Our success in recruiting starts with designing what we want from the get-go,” says Kim Shepherd, CEO of Decision Toolbox, a nationwide provider of project based hiring and on-demand Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO). “From the start, we get very clear and realistic about what we’re looking for, and then apply a well-defined, streamlined process to go and find it. If you don’t design what you want, you will have to deal with what you get!”

“After 20 years in the recruitment services and Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO) space, we have learned a thing or two about what it takes to consistently make great hires. We know when it comes to recruiting, time is typically of the essence – it’s all too easy to get caught up in the vortex of `hurry, we need someone yesterday!’

Unfortunately, a rushed process and poor planning typically result in wasted time, rework and, often, a less than stellar hire, explains Shepherd. “To avoid these pitfalls, our advice is to stop and take some valuable time up front to get very clear on what you need, what you want and how you plan to get it. Constant calibration and course changing once a search is launched is wasted time and will hamper efficient attainment of your goal – a top-notch new hire,” says Shepherd.

At Decision Toolbox, the company’s hallmarks are measured by quality, speed and cost, and its Six Sigma-inspired process promotes these at every turn. “We have boiled out the fat in our methodology to produce a lean, high-protein recruitment process where every step carries real value,” points out Shepherd.

Here are a few suggestions to trim the fat and, thus, boost the efficacy of any company’s recruitment process:

• Evaluate: Carefully assess each step of the process and identify those aspects that the company’s internal/external clients and candidates value the most.
• Eliminate: Jettison the fluffy, time-wasting steps that add little value to anyone or to the process.
• Analyze: Get into the numbers. A data-driven process enables constant analysis and allows course adjustments to be immediately implemented, if needed.

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About Decision Toolbox (DT)
Founded in 1992, Decision Toolbox provides scalable and easily integrated recruitment solutions for a 7% cost per hire on average while incorporating rigorous quality controls and a twelve-month candidate guarantee. Armed with the very latest tools and a team of seasoned US-based Recruiters and Sourcers, Decision Toolbox is an on-demand recruiting department for one critical search, for large projects, or a complete RPO/RPI solution. Decision Toolbox has taken a leadership role in almost every aspect of recruitment, introducing an RPO offering in 2000, four years before it became industry practice. DT is recognized as a “Thought Leader” by organizations such as SHRM, PIHRA, and the NHRA, and was awarded the Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility in 2009 and 2011. DT is a Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) certified company, the Gold Standard. WBENC Certification validates that the business is 51 percent owned, controlled, operated, and managed by a woman or women.