Wednesday, January 13th, 2016
Just a few short years ago employers had the pick of the litter when it came to new hires. With most industries mired in the U.S. recession, companies could take their time making hiring decisions with no repercussions. This was all due to some simple math: with fewer jobs available, candidates had to wait out the hiring process to see if they had landed a gig.
Luckily—for Everyone—the Recession Is Over
Since then, hiring has picked up dramatically. However, many employers still drag their feet with hiring. In today’s market that doesn’t fly, and it’s why many companies are being rejected by the time they get around to sending an offer to their best candidates. A great candidate isn’t going to sit around waiting for you anymore. At best, they’re going to receive another offer and take it. At worst, they’ll view your lack of communication as an affront, and reject you on principle.
Hiring Should Always Have a Sense of Urgency
Hiring isn’t an easy task. Obviously many résumés must be pored over, then interviews have to be scheduled, and then evaluations must be made. The process has many steps that make it cumbersome and lengthy to begin with. Really, that’s why procrastination within a hiring process can be a killer. Most candidates know hiring can be a drawn-out process, so they have reasonable expectations. But when weeks go by, they feel slighted.
With Hiring, Always Come Back to Common Courtesy
It’s understandable when a hiring process takes considerable time. However, keeping lines of communication open can create genuine goodwill. If the process is taking longer than expected, a quick follow-up email or phone call to your candidates can go a long way toward putting them at ease. For example, if you tell a candidate “We’ll be in touch by Friday,” and then you can’t be in touch by Friday, touching base to let them know that the timeline has been altered is a nice—and thoughtful—touch.
Prioritizing the Hiring Process Can Lead to Less Rejections
Streamlining your hiring process and keeping open lines of communication can ensure that you continue adding top talent to your roster. Hiring should be viewed as any company project, which means it should be scheduled accordingly and held to strict timetables. By making hiring a priority, your decision-making process won’t be as lengthy, and candidates won’t be left hanging in the wind. Because when it comes to being hired, waiting is, in fact, the hardest part. But in 2016, with more and more opportunities available, finding a job is a little easier, and candidates aren’t going to wait forever.