When companies go to hire, they obviously are looking for the best candidate they can find. But sometimes, their expectations rise a little too high, the hiring process takes too long, and as a result, these firms end up doing themselves more harm than good. They lose good candidates because they are taking too long.
You don’t want to rush into a hire, but at the same time, you don’t want to drag things out. You want to find out all the information you can, evaluate it, and then take action. You don’t want to fall prey to over analyzing the candidate, especially when it really is impossible to get an accurate read on a candidate until he or she actually begins working.
If your hiring process is taking too long, how can you shorten it, while at the same time ensuring that you still make quality hires? There are several things you can do.
1. Find out where the bottlenecks are and get rid of them.
For example, maybe you put each applicant through three telephone interviews. Maybe you can reduce that number to two or one. Do you wait until you have chosen your hire to get and check references? You might save time by getting the references up front, or even curtailing that part of the process.
2. Let technology help you.
Technology can be especially helpful when you are looking for IT personnel There are electronic platforms now that enable companies to test applicants’ coding abilities wherever their location.
Video interviews can be a great time saving device, allowing companies to interview candidates from remote locations.
3. Constantly look for ways to improve.
You need to be constantly evaluating your hiring process to see what is working and what is not. You need to look at what you do and why you are doing it. You may be using methods that were put in place a long time ago and simply continue because of inertia. You have to ask, what are they accomplishing, and if you cannot give a good answer to that question, it’s time to get rid of them.
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