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When it comes to hiring, timing is everything. How many stories have you heard about the right person getting hired because they were in the right place at the right time? Or even more common, the right person was referred at the right time. Finding and sending referrals isn’t always the clearest and easiest process for people. And the only way to start getting a consistent flow of referrals is by making the process as easy as possible. Follow these 3 steps to simplify your referral hiring.

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Guest Post: Getting poached sounds like just another cost of doing business, until it happens to you. My company, a video platform for businesses based in Kitchener, Ontario, was raided by poachers after a new company moved into the region. I soon heard through the grapevine that if their HR department discovered a potential recruit had already received an offer from us, they’d automatically make one of their own with an incremental signing bonus. In other words, they were essentially using us to do their employee vetting for them.

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It’s the classic Catch 22 situation hiring teams find themselves in. You have a referral program in place with a bonus included for your open software engineering and account executive roles. After launching the program you start seeing an overwhelming boost in referrals but those account executive referrals are not up to par. It’s almost a complete waste of time to even sift through them.

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Lightspeed’s Startup Hiring Trends Report discovered that new hire onboarding, referral programs, and performance reviews were the most common. These programs are designed to foster career development, build company culture, and promote general employee well-being. They are the key to building and scaling successful teams.

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Everyone involved here knows perfectly well that the people on a reference list are expecting your call, and they’re probably prepared to sing the candidate praises. So if you already know exactly how this conversation is going to go, why bother picking up the phone? The truth is, reference checks can be extremely valuable.

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Forward-thinking companies leverage their entire referral network. Hiring is the top challenge for startups and Fortune 500 companies alike. Thinking about hiring in a holistic way through referral networks can help you win at employer branding, recruitment marketing, and referral hiring.

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Filtering through referrals on Drafted just got a lot easier. Why? Because for the first time, we added filters. Quickly jump to the open role you want to search through referrals for. No more scrolling forever to find the right job.   Narrow down to the location of the candidate. If your open role is for a position in Boston, you might want to see all potential referrals already located in Boston. Search for the exact person you’re looking for too. Already have a friend in mind? Just type in their name to see if they match up with any of your open roles. Or quickly flip through suggested referrals by using the left and right arrows. Don’t worry about[…]

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People, process and preparing to scale In the beginning of 2016, Branch was at a team-building crossroads: The deep-linking platform for the world’s top brands had to hit lofty hiring goals in order to support their growing list of 10,000+ customers (including Drafted). They needed to scale from 40 teammates to 90, they were relying heavily on staffing agencies to fill open jobs, and they were about to hire an in-office talent acquisition team to reduce their agency dependency and transform hiring. It was at this time that Monica Cuyong joined Branch as a technical recruiter and team lead. Along with her teammate Viviana De La Torre, they would find alternative sources of qualified candidates and scale the team by 50[…]

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If you’ve ever considered building a referral program to help you find and hire your best team members, you  know that there are lots of variables to consider: Should we provide rewards for hired referrals? What types of rewards align with our corporate culture and budget? Should we extend our program outside of our team? … to name a few. The #1 question we get asked at Drafted is: “What’s the best type of referral program for my company?” While we love to provide guidance on the most effective ways to drive referrals, the truth is that the ideal referral program for AirBnB is almost certainly different than the ideal referral program at Lola Travel. The best referral program for your team needs[…]

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The integration will let teams source great candidates beyond their internal network This article comes from today’s press release, announcing the Drafted + Greenhouse partnership. Read Drafted CEO, Vinayak’s personal post on our Greenhouse partnership and launch in New York. NEW YORK and BOSTON, September 29, 2016 — Greenhouse Software, the leading designer of recruiting and onboarding software, and Drafted, the referral network that accelerates hiring through community rewards, today announced the details of a new integration and partnership. The integration enables Greenhouse customers to source more candidates through referrals, the most effective source for hiring employees. Through this integration, Greenhouse customers can access their extended network through Drafted to identify and get recommendations for passive candidates they would never see in traditional[…]