There is a myth that companies should take their time when hiring candidates. That way, they can do their due diligence, weed out the poor performers, and find the very best. In reality, the opposite is true. The longer you take to fill a position, the less likely it is that you’ll land the top talent. The best candidates are in high demand, so you need to speed up your hiring process if you truly want to end up with the best.
Avoid falling victim to slow hiring pitfalls.
Face-to-Face Interviews – An Easily Avoidable Pitfall
If you demand that every candidate come in for face-to-face interviews, you may have trouble recruiting the best people. The best candidates typically already have jobs and it’s difficult for them to schedule time to come in for an interview, especially during the workday. Try using Skype or another video calling program for at least the first interview.
Slow Scheduling – An Unnecessary Pitfall
Have you ever found yourself going back and forth with a candidate, trying to find the best time to schedule an interview? Top candidates don’t stay on the market for long, and he or she might find another job while you are still working on an interview schedule. Using online self-scheduling software, so your candidates can pick times that work for everyone can speed up the process and help you land the big fish.
Waiting Too Long to Hire a Candidate – The Most Dangerous Pitfall
It’s becoming commonplace for hiring managers to wait weeks or months to make a decision. If you wait that long, your desired candidate will likely already have a new job.
How do you fix this problem?
First, have the initial round of interviews take place on the same day, so the process isn’t stretched out for weeks. Limit follow-up interviews to one or two, and hold them on the same day.
If you find the right person, give them an offer on the spot!
Lowball Offers – An Insulting Pitfall
You might think it would be a huge win to land top talent with a lowball offer, but more times than not, you’ll lose the candidate. Top candidates will often walk away and likely won’t interview with your company again. Others will try to negotiate the offer, slowing down the hiring process. Be willing to pay people market rate if you want to hire the best employees.
Speed and Data – A Match Made in Hiring Heaven
When you speed up the hiring process and using data-driven selection methods, you can truly find the best people. You might have to pay these people more, but top talent is worth it and they will help your company grow!