Hiring processes are a riddle. They have become elongated and as a result employers are finding themselves losing talent. It is hard enough in this day and age to find top-tier talent, but to find them and lose them to delays is silly. Employers often use the worn out adage, we won’t hire the first person we interview!
But, sometimes the first person may be the best person, and truthfully, in my opinion, there is more to the story. One of the reasons we have seen our average length of hire increase to over 2 weeks is the uncertainty companies have in hiring, plus the fear of making the wrong hire. Well here’s a news flash: hiring is not an exact science, even though people do all types of testing and retesting of prospective candidates. You as an employer can do four simple things that cost no money, but will
Improve Your Hiring Efficiency!
1. Establish a clear time frame to fill the position.
Avoid terms like “yesterday” or “tomorrow” when asked what is your time frame to fill the need. Deadlines are effective. That is why they are called deadlines. Always ask yourself if the position you have is a “need” vs. an “opening”. It is hard to function in the competitive world of staffing where you are vying for talent without have a goal and a deadline.
2. Line up everyone!
Make sure all the people you want in the hiring process are available to interview. You don’t want to lose a candidate you are high on because everyone is not available to interview, and ask yourself “who needs to be involved in the process ?” The old saying “too many chefs spoil the stew” can easily be applied to filling positions.
3. Get on the same page!
Now that you have established a time frame to fill the need, make sure all involved in the process have a clear idea of what you are looking to hire. We have been involved with searches over the years where everyone interviewing candidates is looking for different things from experience to personalities. When that occurs, everyone gets frustrated and the process becomes unproductive and time is wasted.
4. Have someone be in charge!
One person clearly needs to take the lead, and ultimately make the decision, or cast the tie breaking vote. People making big money need to be willing to make big decisions.
Doing these simple steps may not solve all your problems, but it can help make the process more efficient.