Key questions to ask in order to find the right sourcing tool

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As a recruiting team member in today's competitive hiring market, you know that finding top talent is crucial for your organization's success. One way to effectively find candidates is by using a sourcing tool.

However, with so many options available, it can be difficult to determine which solution is the best one for your team. That's why it's essential to ask the right questions during demos and discovery calls with potential vendors.

To help you make a more informed decision, we've compiled a list of key topics and questions to guide you in your search for the best candidate sourcing tool for your team

Assessing candidate information

Choosing a candidate sourcing tool that aligns with your sourcing strategy involves knowing where your target candidates are online and whether the tool has access to those candidates. People in tech, marketing and sales, for example, might be active on LinkedIn – whereas people in other industries might not. It’s also essential to understand how often that data is updated to ensure that the information you get is accurate and current.

When evaluating candidate information, consider asking the following questions:

  • Where can you source prospective candidates from?
  • Which websites or databases does this tool work with?
  • What information about candidates is made available?
  • How accurate and current is the candidate information provided?

Streamlining sourcing workflows

Before investing in a candidate sourcing tool, it’s important to assess your current sourcing workflows and identify any areas that are causing friction or inefficiencies. By mapping out these pain points and having them ready during a demo or discovery call, you can better evaluate whether the tool is a good fit for your needs. A vendor that’s transparent and understanding of your specific challenges is likely to be a good partner in helping you streamline your workflow.

Here are some questions to think about when assessing your current pain points and how a sourcing tool can help:

  • These are my biggest pain points – how does this tool solve them?
  • Is this tool easy to implement and use?
  • How does this tool fit into my team’s current recruiting workflow?
  • How can we optimize and automate our hiring workflow?

Establishing how success is measured

Gathering relevant data and establishing clear metrics for success can help you effectively evaluate sourcing tools. Since good recruiting relies on making data-driven decisions, taking advantage of trials can help you make a more informed choice. In addition to establishing metrics for success, it’s essential to determine the specific goals you’re hoping to achieve and how each tool can help you accomplish them.

Here are some key questions to ask when defining your hiring objectives and how you are going to measure success:

  • What are our hiring objectives and goals?
  • How does this tool help us achieve our current and long-term hiring objectives?
  • What metrics does this tool use that will help us measure the success of our sourcing efforts?

Sourcing tools play a crucial role in the recruiting process, but it can be overwhelming to evaluate all the options available. That’s why it’s essential to take the time to understand your needs, ask the right questions and define what success looks like before you start exploring the market.

By taking this approach, you can streamline your search, save money and find the ideal sourcing tool to effectively source top talent.

Learn more about Greenhouse Recruiting and Sourcing Automation by connecting with a member of our team today.

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