Improving the tempo and timing of the recruiting process

"Candidates are excited and they look forward to discussing the opportunity with the potential new employer. When the process gets delayed the candidate can lose that interest and also can question the sense of importance in hiring for the designated role."

Franck Janet | Managing Partner | Consulting Positions

Few recruitment leaders have a concrete understanding on the negative impacts that result from the tediously dragged recruitment process. While many are satisfied with using a standard speed-of-hire metrics, they do not realize that this actually damages the pace of the process. For one, measuring and reporting the average time is ambiguous, it creates the pretense that the hiring time for pressing needs and mission-critical jobs may actually be a downcast. Another effect is that, not only do companies lose millions of potential profit from leaving a position vacant for far too long, but they will also lose many top prospects from having an image of being slow decision-makers.

You may immediately assume speeding up the process is the natural course of action, but it shouldn't be. There are several inimitable cases where fast hiring actually increases hiring mistakes. These are only a few of the many disadvantages in an awfully paced hiring practice.

Let us allegorize the recruitment process as a dance it requires being one with the tempo and timing of the step. So, in this light, how does one choreograph the recruitment process with such suave and grace?

Follow a Tempo

Select a fixed date for your new hire to start. From this point on, you can start the planning. The interviewing process and hiring should have an inherent cadence tempo is a major player. Plot your interviews at an appropriate length of time.

Maintain the Momentum

It is never ideal that we allow our candidate to wait for weeks in between the steps. Once we are able to follow the tempo, we need to be able to sustain it. Maintain a good close contact with the applicant, otherwise, your best contenders could slip out of the process.

Keep a Good Practice

Recruitment processes seek consistency. You may have to do this over and over again until you memorize it like the back of your hand. And when you practice a well-balanced hiring pace, you will recognize any recruitment challenge with such ease and refinement.

So when you identify a suitable candidate, learn by heart the importance of performing with timing and tempo on your recruitment process, refine your interviewing skills, and facilitate your candidate with impeccable competence.