It’s happening more and more. You’ve interviewed dozens of candidates and conducted three rounds of interviews to find the perfect fit, then find out that person was hired a week and a half ago by your competitor! What can you do? Here are a few ways to address the problem – and shorten your time to hire so you don’t lose out on top talent in the future:
Know where to find the best talent. Figure this out ahead of time, before a key worker hands in their two weeks’ notice. Otherwise, you’ll be left scrambling and possibly overlooking fertile sources of candidate leads.
Build a talent pipeline. You should always be recruiting talent – even if you’re not hiring. It’s a good idea to maintain relationships with qualified candidates you’ve interviewed in the past who may not have gotten the job or who may have turned down an offer.
Unplug process bottlenecks. Identify areas in which you can simplify things. For instance, if background checks are taking too long, then make your offer earlier contingent upon passing the check. If the interview process is simply too long, then invest more time in phone screening and invite only a handful of candidates to interview in-person, rather than a dozen.
Partner with a reputable staffing firm. They can handle the entire process for you, from sourcing qualified candidates to interviewing and skills testing, all so you wind up with a few talented individuals from which to choose.
If you’re ready to simplify your hiring process with the help of a recruiting expert, give Apprentice Personnel a call. We’ve successfully placed tens of thousands of people in temporary and full-time positions. And we can help you, too.
About the Author
Lon is the former publisher of the Colorado Springs Business Journal and Colorado Springs Military Newspaper Group.He has served in leadership roles at various newspapers in Iowa, Florida and Wisconsin. Lon received his Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire and attended the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Earlier in his career, Lon spent several years as a sea captain and held a 100-ton Coast Guard license. Lon is a former rugby player, referee and administrator and now coaches under 13 year old kids. Lon has served on the boards of numerous community and business organizations including Colorado Springs Leadership Institute, Peak Venture Group, CS Quality of Life Indicators Business Index Committee, Junior Achievement and is a member of The Colorado Thirty Group. Lon was given the “Making the Pikes Peak region a better place to live work and play” award by the CS Chamber of Commerce, was the VFW Post 1’s business citizen of the year.