Use this audit checklist to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of your recruiting process-related content.
I’m not the first one to say that recruiters, human resources professionals and marketing specialists should team up to create content that engages top talent in your recruitment process. However, how many of you have actively engaged in measuring the impact of that HR/marketing “bestie” partnership?
If you don’t have a benchmark from which to grow, your organization will have a tough time figuring out which recruiting content is worth the investment of time and money.
Maximize the effectiveness of your recruiting content with a periodic audit of your hiring process-related promotional assets. Establishing KPIs for content will make it easy to quickly identify existing content gems, as well as guide you in developing additional content that will resonate.
Auditing your recruitment content is as easy as 1-2-3
Let’s examine the audit process and recap with a free recruitment process marketing content scorecard.
1 – Determine your recruitment content audit’s focus
You can’t decide if you’re investing your time and resources to produce recruitment content wisely until you settle on the scope of your audit.
Don’t sweat it if you can’t tackle a comprehensive audit in your first attempt. If you can–great–though it will depend on your recruiting volume and what you’ve previously tackled in terms of content analysis.
It’s okay to segment an otherwise comprehensive audit into smaller sub-audits–just have an overall plan in place for which audit type should be attempted first.
Potential content audit focuses:
- Employment brand quality: consider whether your recruitment content is well written, and whether it aligns with what you’ve defined as your organizational employment brand.
- Hiring process stage: analyze whether a specific hiring process stage is addressed in each of your content assets, and if job seeker questions characteristic of that stage are answered by the content.
- Job board optimization and search engine optimization (SEO): review your job listing rankings on third party job boards and recruitment content performance on external search engines to identify improvements that will create better digital awareness for your employment opportunities.
- Content compliance: examine whether your content meets any industry- and/or government-related compliance requirements for your organization, including an analysis of your career content’s ability to attract a diverse set of job candidates.
2 – Settle on your audit evaluation factors
Your recruiting content evaluation process will be based on the type of audit you select. The audit factors must be easily measurable and align to your project scope.
Because this audit is a wonderful opportunity to connect the human resources and marketing teams in your company, ask the project champions from each of those departments to determine the ideal recruiting content audit criteria.
If we select a hiring process stage audit as an example, then HR and marketing might jointly evaluate factors like the content’s
- alignment with overall employment brand,
- specific hiring stage focus (e.g. awareness, consideration, conversion, retention and advocacy),
- attempt to answer stage-appropriate job seeker questions,
- call-to-action for the next step in the hiring process,
- current distribution and promotion method by stage type, and
- likelihood of being easily utilized by hiring stage stakeholders
As you prepare for an audit, you should also plan your intended project deliverables. Aside from a quantitative score for each recruitment content asset, deliverables can include other action steps to enhance content quality.
Potential hiring process stage content audit deliverables:
- Documentation of all current content assets by hiring stage
- Content gap analysis for certain hiring process stages
- List of questions that individual content assets should answer at each hiring process stage
- Action steps for your content library – content to retain, revise, create or expire
- Template for creating content for each hiring process stage
- Distribution strategy for each asset based on hiring process stage and content type (e.g. owned media such as your own career site, earned media such as a guest blog placement on an industry website, or paid media such as a sponsored job listing on a job board)
3 – Rank your recruiting process content
After you’ve married the appropriate content criteria with each asset, you’re ready to score your recruitment process content!
Please recognize that some things can be quantitatively evaluated (e.g. how many out of X job seeker questions are answered?) while others are subjective (e.g. does the narrative’s language support our employment brand initiatives?).
Now’s your chance to create your own evaluation form to standardize your existing and future recruitment content.
Need some help designing your employer’s scoring process? ExactHire created this recruitment process content scorecard to help you hit the ground running.
Recommendations that resonate
Your audit data is chock full of ideas on where you can start making an immediate impact on your recruitment process marketing. Best of all, it’s backed by a standardized content scorecard.
Use your scorecard analysis to spot trends. Does one aspect of your hiring process consistently fall short? Could others help implement some of the action steps due to their expertise in one stage of the process?
Backed by your audit data, you’re on your way to constructing a high-level recruitment process content strategy that will reinforce your employment brand and help convert more new hires.