It Takes Too Long To Hire Someone

Q. Our hiring process takes too long. By the time we start the search and hire someone it might be 3 or 4 months. Any suggestions on how to reduce the time it takes to hire someone?

Depending on the level of the person this may not be all that long.  I find the biggest problem with the process taking too long is that hiring managers often move into “desperation hiring” mode. They not only want a person, but after 3 months they need a person. So they compromise just to put someone in the job. This is not only bad for the company, but can lead to hiring the wrong candidate and missing the right candidate.

When I work with companies struggling with this issue I find that the best way to shorten the hiring process and avoid desperation hiring is to have a queue of candidates. Most managers don't start the hiring process until they need someone. Yet, the vast majority of time most managers know way in advance that they will need to hire someone. Granted, one can be blindsided with a person leaving unexpectedly, but that is usually the exception not the rule. So I recommend starting the process as soon as you know you will need to hire someone, whether 1 month or 6 months in advance. Start by letting your employees know, post it in the LinkedIn groups, attend networking groups and trade associations, go to functional association meetings and make an announcement, and start getting the word out. The point is, don't wait until you need someone to start the process. Candidates don't look for a job on your schedule, when you need someone. They look on their schedule. Start the hiring process as soon as you know you will need someone.

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I welcome your thought and comments.

Brad Remillard

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About the Author

Brad Remillard is a founding Partner of IMPACT Hiring Solutions, co-author of "You're NOT the Person I Hired", and "This is NOT the Position I Accepted". Brad is an award-winning international speaker, retained executive recruiter, and expert on hiring and retaining top talent, and executive job search.

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