Have you been frustrated with your search for a new employee to add to your team? There are so many factors that can contribute to this felling of discontent and often they involve some deficit in your process or procedures. Before you spread the blame to other sources, take a long look at how hire a new employee to make any changes than can improve your success rate. Here are a few of the reasons employers are missing out on top talent today and how you can solve this problem.
- Long hiring process. One of the top complaints from job seekers is that they submit their resumes, conduct interviews, and then never hear back from the company again. Sometimes companies want to keep interviewing to “see what’s out there” and find the absolute perfect candidate. However, this process can allow for great candidates to fall through the cracks. People who have been kept out of the loop for too long are likely to take other offers or dismiss your company altogether if an offer comes in a month or two after their initial discussion. Instead, focus on communications. Let candidates know when they aren’t selected and keep top candidates informed. Don’t wait too long to make a decision.
- Inadequate interview process. Besides the length of time it takes to go through the hiring process, other roadblocks happen within the interviews themselves. Many companies have made poor on the spot hiring decisions because they met a candidate and had a gut feeling about them. This can end in disaster. Instead, create a uniformed interview process where each candidate will be asked the same questions. Have another person in the company meet with them as well and compare notes on each candidate. Use this information to make a decision about which candidate will fit in best with your organization.
- Poor company culture. Another reason top candidates may not be accepting job offers is because your company culture isn’t attractive enough to them. Today’s candidates are looking for a good work/life balance and other benefits that can help them in their professional life. You want to take a look at the culture you have in your office. What is your break room like? What are you policies for conduct? What kind of personalities do the other people in your office already have? Is there room for flexible schedules or work from home opportunities? Do you offer fun events throughout the year? Is there career development available?