Increasingly, it looks like two sides of the same coin. Candidates are looking for jobs, and companies are looking to hire. How despite this, do so many jobs remain unfilled? Perhaps it’s time to take a closer look at the hiring process and decide if changes need to be made to accommodate today’s job market.
- Eliminate lengthy hiring times
Looking for a job is a stressful endeavor. The longer a person has been out of work, the more stressful it becomes. Adding to that frustration are long, seriously long, hiring times. Rounds of interviews lasting weeks, sometimes months, depending on the availability of the hiring team are not uncommon. Not only is this stressful on the job candidate, but it also puts considerable pressure on those in-house employees who are holding down the fort until the new hire is onboarded.
Opportunities are lost with such a lengthy timeline. Candidates move on to other prospects and companies are left to start the process again, with many repeating the same drawn-out scenario to similar results. Instead, shorten the timeline and outline the interview process online or in an initial email, so candidates go into the process with expectations in check.
- Know the salary range up-front
It’s critical to know salary upfront. No matter how good a role might sound, money is almost always a dealbreaker. So, why do so many businesses tightly withhold this information from employment candidates?
LinkedIn’s Global Trend Report found that sharing salary ranges upfront can filter out those that would decline, and it streamlines future negotiations. By acknowledging the salary elephant in the room, it’s easier to focus on skills and cultural fit during the interview. In an age when transparency is critical, disclosure of salary is an important first step.
- Acknowledging life happens
After 16+ months of the pandemic, one might think the job interview process might be more open to including elements of the new normal. This includes acknowledging that interviews from home can and often will include interruptions from family members. To accommodate this, some companies have created child friendly interviews where children can come along for the appointment. Others are making it easier for candidates to take extra needed breaks. These considerations can be helpful if the job requires test taking or skills assessment.
- Always provide feedback
Candidates deserve to know where they are at in the process and if they are still in the running for a job or not. At the end of a lengthy interview process, it’s brutal to receive a generic rejection email or more often, nothing at all. A rejection email with a few elements of personalization can go a long way. Even if a candidate does not secure a job with a company, they will remember how they were treated by that company throughout the interview process and share that information with others.
Streamline the Hiring Process
The process of hiring is extremely time-consuming, but it doesn’t have to be. Working with a staffing firm can help you successfully manage an otherwise unwieldly process. The experienced job recruiters of Staffing Kansas City can help with interviewing and placement for full-time, part-time, temporary, and seasonal employment.