Strike While the Iron is Hot!
Many organizations are unable to hire the best candidates because of a misconception that “there is plenty of time.” Frequently, organizations contact us with job orders because there is an immediate need-a position is vacant and the workload is either not getting done or being pushed off to others.
Here is the problem that arises more times than not: We rush to source, screen and submit candidates that we believe are good and maybe even excellent. But the organization either can’t interview them in a timely manner or is unable to do so. Alas, a competitor comes along and grabs what would have been an excellent addition to the client’s workforce-the client loses and we lose.
It is my personal belief that there is seldom any excuse that would justify a client failing to interview a candidate within a week of receipt, yet it happens frequently. A good template to follow, if you want to hire the best, is:
- Hire a recruiting firm that focuses on JOB FIT
- When you receive a candidate from that firm, evaluate it within 24 hours and either get back to the Recruiting firm or the candidate with you desire to interview or decline.
- Make certain that you set an interview date within 5 business days of your receipt of their credentials.
Following these 3 simple rules will eliminate most, if not all of “I have already accepted another position” responses and begin to add top candidates to your workforce.