SOURCE: Aberdeen Group

Aberdeen Group

September 08, 2009 10:00 ET

Talent Acquisition Strategies for 2009

Increased Efficiencies in Talent Acquisition Leads to Increased Retention, Bench Strength, and Quality of Hire

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - September 8, 2009) - The latest research from Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), "Talent Acquisition Strategies 2009: Cutting Through the Clutter and Proactively Managing Quality Candidates," reveals that 43% of organizations anticipate their talent acquisition efforts will increase over the next six months. Among Best-in-Class organizations, the emphasis will focus primarily on improving the ability to filter through large applicant pools, proactively find and nurture quality candidates, and provide the most efficient and compelling interview process. The report found that Best-in-Class companies have increased their quality of candidate nearly 10 times more than Laggard organizations, and hired 90% of their top candidates, compared to only 27% of Laggard.

"Our research shows that organizations that have put their talent acquisition efforts on hold are making a serious mistake," states Kevin Martin, Vice President and Group Director for HCM and Extraprise research at Aberdeen. "In the least, all organizations should use this time to gain insight into the competencies of who fits best into their company, as well as proactively seek out and communicate with candidates that best meet those requirements. By doing so, organizations will be much better positioned to scale quickly with better quality hires."

Aberdeen's research also dives deeply into quality of hire -- which, according to Aberdeen's research, is unequalled in perceived importance as the leading measure of talent acquisition effectiveness. While 85% of Best-in-Class organizations measure quality of hire (as compared to only 39% of Laggard), the majority of those that do indicate it is based more on a "gut feel" as opposed to actual data. This report reveals what organizations should measure to determine quality of hire as well as what barriers they must avoid to measure this key metric.

A complimentary copy of this report is made available due in part by the following underwriters: First Advantage, Peopleclick, SilkRoad technologies, Inc, and Taleo.

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