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Increase the Efficiency of the Talent Acquisition Process

Efficiency is the foundation of an effective talent acquisition process that meets the needs of stakeholders.

  • It is a candidates’ market. Organizations have to fight for talent, and if the process is not efficient candidates will go elsewhere.
  • The cost per hire has increased over the past few years. This means it is more important than ever that organizations get the right talent in the door the first time around, as hiring the wrong candidate will result in unnecessary costs.

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Critical Insight

  • There are trade-offs to be made between efficiency, quality of hire, and candidate experience. When focusing on efficiency, make sure you are not neglecting the candidate experience and quality of hire.

Impact and Result

  • Create an efficient talent acquisition process to decrease the time spent on hiring and focus more on hiring strategically.
  • Enable talent acquisition specialists to hire strategically by clearly outlining a consistent process for all stakeholders involved. This consistency will also translate to a more positive experience for candidates.

Increase the Efficiency of the Talent Acquisition Process Research & Tools

2. Select TA solutions

Select solutions to improve the efficiency of each stage of the TA process and, where appropriate, identify where to outsource.

3. Devise a plan to optimize the TA process

Evaluate the effort, impact, and risks of the selected solutions and devise an action plan to implement the new TA process.

Workshop: Increase the Efficiency of the Talent Acquisition Process

Workshops offer an easy way to accelerate your project. If you are unable to do the project yourself, and a Guided Implementation isn't enough, we offer low-cost delivery of our project workshops. We take you through every phase of your project and ensure that you have a roadmap in place to complete your project successfully.

Module 1: Map Out the Current TA Process

The Purpose

  • Map out the current TA process.
  • Identify areas of opportunity for improvement.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Current state analysis.
  • Areas for improvement.




Review Stakeholder Feedback.


Identify TA process metrics.

  • Map of current TA recruiting process.

Map out the current process.


Identify gaps in the current process.

  • Gaps in current process identified.

Prioritize gaps.

  • Stages of the TA process prioritized according to importance.

Module 2: Select TA Solutions

The Purpose

  • Find potential solutions for each stage of the TA process.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Potential solutions to optimize the TA process.




Identify solutions to address gaps by stage. The order in which you do the following is dependent on your prioritized areas of concern: requisition, sourcing, screening, interviewing, background check, offer.

  • Solutions for each stage or priority stages of the recruitment process identified.

Module 3: Devise a Plan to Optimize the TA Process

The Purpose

  • Assess the feasibility of potential solutions and the effect they could have on stakeholders.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • Selected solutions for implementation.




Conduct an impact/effort analysis on selected solutions.

  • Completed impact/effort analysis.

Conduct a risk assessment and select solutions.

  • Completed risk assessment.

Outline action plan.

  • Selected solutions and action plan ready for implementation.
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About McLean & Company

McLean & Company is an HR research and advisory firm providing practical solutions to human resources challenges via executable research, tools, diagnostics, and advisory services that have a clear and measurable impact on your business.

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A blueprint is designed to be a roadmap, containing a methodology and the tools and templates you need to solve your HR problems.

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Guided Implementation 1: Map out the current TA process
  • Call 1: Discuss key TA stakeholders and evaluate key metrics to measure.
  • Call 2: Review the process to map out key TA stages.
  • Call 3: Evaluate the current TA process and identify opportunities for improvement.

Guided Implementation 2: Select TA solutions
  • Call 1: Review solutions to address gaps in the TA process.
  • Call 2: Discuss where outsourcing, if appropriate, may apply.

Guided Implementation 3: Devise a plan to optimize the TA process
  • Call 1: Evaluate the impact and effort of key selected solutions and discuss the potential impact on quality of hire and candidate experience.
  • Call 2: Discuss an implementation plan and tactics to integrate and sustain the process change.


  • Kim Benedict, Co-founder & CEO, TalentMinded Inc.
  • Jim D’Amico, Global Talent Acquisition Leader, Celanese
  • Harry Ensley, Principal, People Strategist
  • Sarah Grimes, Group Leader – Recruitment and Administration, Honda of Canada Mfg.
  • Tom Kotsopoulos, Talent Acquisition Manager, IKO Industries
  • Chris Leeham, Vice President, Global Talent Acquisition, McCain Foods
  • Ilia Maor, Practice Lead, Research & Advisory, Info-Tech Research Group
  • Mary Megali, Head of Talent Acquisition & Professor at the University of Toronto, Loblaws
  • Meryl Rosenthal, Founder & President, HirePower Inc.
  • Donna St. Hilaire, HR Solutions
  • David Uez, Senior Human Resources Leader & Instructor, ADU Consulting
  • Sarah Wilson, Chief People Officer, SmartRecruiters