Whether you're a business leader, HR leader or recruiter, it can be challenging to focus on hiring when your day-to-day to-do list is already piling up. But hiring quality employees quickly and efficiently is key to your business success.

According to a recent LinkedIn report, 52 percent of recruiters believe a lengthy hiring process is the biggest obstacle to adding headcount. And the longer the hiring process, the less time recruiters and hiring managers have to spend on their other day-to-day and more strategic responsibilities.

If you feel like you don't have enough time in the day to focus on effective hiring, consider the following steps to speed up the hiring process, which will ultimately make your job easier and helping you secure top talent.

Send prescreen surveys.

One of the most time-consuming steps of the hiring process is reviewing every applicant. And in many cases, your team might end up spending time manually reviewing countless applicants who aren't a fit for your open roles.

To save time early on during the hiring process, your team can send automated prescreen surveys as soon as applicants apply. The surveys can include knock-out questions, so applicants who don't have required skills get removed from the hiring process.

Once complete, prescreen surveys are automatically scored and only the most qualified applicants move on to the candidate stage for review by your HR team or hiring manager.

Streamline the interview process.

In many cases, the interview stage of the hiring process can be long and drawn out, causing your team to spend more time coordinating interviews and leading to a frustrating candidate experience. But the interviewing can easily be streamlined, making the process more manageable for your team and supporting a more engaging candidate experience.

Start out with phone screens before having candidates take the time to come in for face-to-face interviews. A phone screen can be a quick call, saving your team and the candidate time and resources, and can help you weed out candidates who might not be a fit for your company.

When scheduling in-person interviews, try to move the process along as quickly as possible, such as setting up back-to-back interviews with different team members, instead of requiring candidates to return to your business location several times for follow-up interviews. A delay in the interview process can lead to candidates accepting another job offer from a company with a quicker process.

Automate background and reference checks.

Even if a candidate stands out following the prescreen survey and interviews, it's still important to verify his or her background and work experience before extending an offer. Your business needs responsible and trustworthy employees to offer top-notch customer service and drive revenue, so it's important to run background and reference checks before making an official offer.

In some cases, reference and background checks might be skipped so your team can save time and speed up the hiring process. But your team can automate reference and background checks to both save your team time and make the process easier on candidates and their references.

When it comes to automated reference checks, job candidates can provide their reference contact information and surveys are automatically sent to each contact, saving time that would have otherwise been spent by your team scheduling and completing reference calls.

And for background checks, candidates can simply submit the required personal information and the rest of the process is taken care of automatically. This leads to accurate and timely turnaround of applicant screening results, eliminates errors and ensures each new hire can be fully verified before you make a final job offer.

At first glance, the hiring process can seem daunting to any business or HR leader who already has a full plate of responsibilities. But by automating and streamlining many steps of the process, your team can save time while still ensuring you hire the best team possible.