You find a candidate that looks promising on paper. You get the candidate in for an interview. They are perfect. The feelings seem to be mutual. You shake their hand with a promise to call them. Days pass by and you finally make the call. They’re unavailable. Where did it go wrong?
In today’s job market, you can’t let days pass by. Candidates are expecting quick decisions, forward progress, and a yes or no answer. With the option of opportunities available to candidates, you are your own worst enemy the longer you sit on a resume. You need to move quick or risk losing that candidate to a contending offer. Here are some tips that will help you land top talent for your company!
Tip #1 – Make a Hiring Process Timeline
Having a plan in place allows you to see exactly how long your process might take. You can then communicate this timeline to your candidates, so they know what to expect as well.
Tip #2 – Work with a Recruiting Firm
Having a team to partner with helps save time. Recruiting firms take the heavy lifting off your shoulders by qualifying candidates so that you know you are getting quality individuals without getting into the weeds. They can also act as the middle person by helping schedule interviews, negotiating offers, and even completing drug and background tests.
Tip #3 – Have a Plan for Interviews
Prior to sitting down with a candidate for the first time, you want to know exactly what you need to get out of the meeting to make a timely decision. Having an agenda will not only help keep you on track, but also ensure you are getting the information you need with the time you have.
Tip #4 – Don’t Sit for Too Long
Upon conclusion of the interview, make sure your priority is to complete necessary steps and discussions to either move forward or not. Often, hiring managers will pick up other tasks and forget to keep the momentum on their candidate search. This is where the disconnect often sets companies back.
No one is saying that you should rush through each step in the process. You need to be thoughtful and efficient. Do your due diligence in vetting candidates and making sure they are a solid fit for you, your team, and the company. However, the longer you deliberate, you might find yourself starting from step one again.
Taylor is an Account Manager with Aureus Group. She’s began her journey with the company in 2021, helping clients find top talent in the finance and accounting sector.