Is Your Long Hiring Process Costing You Top Talent?

July 10th, 2015

In the movies, a job interview ends with a handshake and “You’re hired!” In the real world, things don’t often move so fast. Preliminary screening, multiple rounds of interviewing, waiting to compare multiple candidates, and background checks and drug screenings mean it can take weeks between the time a candidate submits their resume and their first day on the job — if the candidate starts the job. A long screening process increases the odds they’ll accept another position before your offer letter reaches them.

Make sure you don’t discourage top candidates by making the hiring process extend too long. Use these tips to get from that first read of a resume to making a job offer fast:

Simplify your online application process.

Make it easy for candidates to upload their resume. If you’re using software to parse resumes, make sure it works well so candidates don’t need to re-enter information. Because more and more people conduct their entire online life from their phone, check that your mobile site makes applying easy.

Use technology to prescreen.

Use automated tests to confirm skills. Be sure the tests are relevant to the position the candidate is applying for.

Prescreen with phone interviews.

Many people have great technical skills, but lack the communication skills that are required for leadership roles and roles that involve interacting with customers. If the position you’re hiring for requires interpersonal skills, conduct a phone interview first. You’ll reduce the number of candidates you need to bring in, and shorten the time required to interview and compare the remaining candidates in person.

Schedule interviews effectively.

Don’t make a candidate come back multiple times for interviews; coordinate interviewer schedules to combine them into a single day. Manage the interview schedule so the candidate doesn’t spend a lot of time in an empty conference room waiting for their next interview. Make sure the same questions aren’t asked over and over.

Keep candidates informed.

Sometimes there are unavoidable delays in making hiring decisions, due to internal reasons like management or budget changes. Don’t leave candidates wondering what’s going on. If they know the timeframe you’re operating under, candidates may be willing to wait rather than accepting another offer in the interim.

Work with an experienced staffing firm.

The recruiters at a staffing agency like InReach IT Solutions are experienced in screening job candidates and matching them with positions they’re well qualified for. You need to meet fewer candidates before finding the right person for the job. Contact us to learn how we can speed your recruiting process and reduce the time between reviewing candidates’ resumes and hiring your next employee.