HR report shatters senior management hiring myths in the Middle East [Infographic]

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The region’s most extensive senior management report gathered information from 350,174 candidates  and it clears misconceptions and breaks some hiring myths regarding recruitment, social media, head-hunters, recruitment agencies, the best time to hire and provides a new perspective to hiring and employment trends.

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The region’s most extensive senior management report clears misconceptions and breaks some hiring myths about recruitment, social media, head-hunters, recruitment agencies,best time to hire, and provides a new perspective. (click to enlarge image). Image credit: Cazar

Cazar published a recent study showing how companies in the Middle East region, hire their senior management. After an extensive analysis of 619 senior hires and 350,174 applicants, Cazar’s study breaks some myths and clears some misconceptions about recruitment channels for senior management.

The report took into account more than 30 medium & large companies over a 15-month period between June 2012 to September 2013, across diverse sectors including retail, construction, banking, transport, IT, broadcast media and telecom. Vacancies for CxO job titles such as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, CIO, CFO, CSO; senior roles such as Director of Marketing, Financial Controller, Head of IT and similar job functions across departments were analysed.

It is important to note the Middle East although used broadly to cover a large, diverse geographic region , comprises more than 24 countries (including Levant and GCC) and is fairly complex and fragmented — each with its own work culture, customs, business practices, economies and regulations. Despite this, the findings from top-level management hires across these countries were consistent.

The common belief is that recruiting senior management cannot be done online.

However, Cazar’s study shows that senior candidates prefer to engage directly with employers online — much more than entry level or middle management candidates. Quality senior applicants also shied away from sending their CV to a generic application form, free job boards, public email addresses and preferred to engage with the employer directly via their career website.

While some may think that senior roles require executive recruitment agencies, Cazar’s study suggests that employers have become very proficient at finding top candidates online themselves. Such companies had a clear online recruitment strategy, tools and a content rich corporate career website — which was the biggest source of senior hires (38%). Similarly, candidates who applied to senior roles through professional networking, which is often done online, had a 37 percent chance of getting hired.

Highlights of the report:

  • Senior candidates look for work online – moreso than anyone else.
  • Among companies with a good online strategy, an average vacancy generated an average of 274 applicants, while a senior job vacancy produced 566 applicants.
  • The companies analysed got 98% of their applicants through an online channel.
  • Recruiting from the corporate talent pool took 24 days on average, also the quickest and most cost effective while agencies took 71 days.

Building a talent pool is essential for employers looking to hire senior positions. For instance, companies with a quality talent pool of previously qualified applicants hired 22 percent of their new senior recruits through their existing pool.

A talent pool is also the quickest (24 days on average) and most cost-effective way of finding senior hires.

All companies in the study have a comprehensive online recruitment strategy, a well designed and content-rich, career website and an application process with role-relevant questions.

Guy Rickett; “Quality senior candidate know who they want to work for, so they directly go on those employers’ career website. That is why it is so essential for these companies to present content that is attractive to potential applicants.” — Guy Rickett, CEO, Cazar

This leads to the question: Will simply adding a career page on their website help an employer engage senior candidates?

Apparently not, according to Rickett;

Guy Rickett; “Companies in the study all had a comprehensive online recruitment strategy, a well designed, content-rich career website and an application process with role-relevant questions. No quality senior applicant will submit their CV to a generic application form or email address. They want to engage with the employer.”

Furthermore, employers with a smart online recruitment strategy often get a surplus of qualified senior candidates, which allows them to build a quality talent pool to choose.

Guy Rickett; “Having a good talent pool should be every employer’s objective. It is the fastest, easiest and most cost-efficient recruitment method. Especially, in the case of senior roles, it drastically cuts agency costs and can slash hiring time by 50 percent.”

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