One of the biggest mistakes your company can make in 2021 is taking too long to hire.
Job candidates are apt to move on if they’re left waiting. Professionals who don’t hear back from an employer within two weeks lose interest.
If your business is struggling to secure top candidates, check out these tips for streamlining your hiring process:
Revise the job description
Ensure your job description that drives the job posting is current and thoroughly reflects the skills needed for the position. If it doesn’t, you’ll likely end up having to sort through resumes from applicants who fail to meet your requirements, thus prolonging the hiring process.
Plan in advance
Advance organize internally before you begin recruiting. For example:
- Make sure you have all approvals and paperwork to fill the job.
- Understand who needs to interview and confirm the hire. Check in with these key decision makers before you schedule interviews to ensure they’re available and keep them updated throughout the process.
- Set your compensation range so you can make an offer ASAP. Know how much wiggle room in the likely event that the candidate would like to negotiate.
- Once interviews are completed, push key decision makers to make a decision, and explain the costs of not moving quickly.
Keep Top Candidates Warm
Keeping in close contact with leading candidates will reinforce your interest in bringing them aboard. Be as transparent as possible. Let them know you haven’t forgotten about them and be clear about next steps. In addition, ask if they have questions that arose after the interview. We have a whole blog on how to keep candidates warm here.
Recognize that the perfect candidate may not exist
Many managers make it harder on themselves and their teams when hiring. Rather than extending offers to highly skilled professionals when they find them, they opt to hold out for idealized candidates who check every single box. Don’t “settle” but rather recognize that searching for that elusive “perfect candidate” may be futile.
Get expert staffing or recruiting assistance
A staffing and recruiting company like World Premier can help you streamline the entire hiring process. Our vast network and well-connected recruiters have a broad web of top candidates — many who are available to start right away — to help expedite hiring, ensuring you get a great employee, quickly and smoothly.
By streamlining the hiring process and working with World Premier, you will avoid making one of the today’s most costly hiring mistakes: taking too long to hire and losing appealing job candidates to a more agile competitor.