By Helen Law, Senior Recruitment Consultant, Jumar Solutions
There’s nothing worse than rushing a business decision. But when it comes to recruitment, we’re increasingly seeing that time is definitely of the essence when it comes to snapping up the right candidate.
A few years ago, employers enjoyed the luxury of taking a few weeks prior to making a recruitment decision (whether for an initial interview request or even to making an offer), safe in the knowledge that the supply for roles vastly exceeded demand.
Times have changed and the opposite is now true with companies taking the risk of losing good candidates just because they are taking too long to interview and to make offers.
At Jumar, our teams of IT recruitment specialists are beginning to this see this more and more often, resulting in employers losing really good candidates. Candidates are often applying for more than just one job at a time or being approached directly.
It is easy to look at each stage of the recruitment process and see how candidates are being lost.
At the beginning: Setting a closing date for applications is a useful exercise, but not reviewing CVs as they come in (or are provided by your recruitment agency) can result in the best candidates sitting on a pile until they are looked at. By the time they are, it’s highly likely that they’ve gone elsewhere.
In the middle: As candidates are increasingly in the driving seat, a lack of flexibility around interviewing can easily see them spirited away to other employers or recruiters. The days of a fixed ‘take it or leave it’ interview date are gone. It’s now likely that they’ll leave it. Does that mean that they weren’t 100% committed to your role in the first place? This could be the case, it also could be the case that the candidate has other commitments that have been previously arranged and cannot be cancelled.
At the end: We have also seen situations where an employer finds their ideal candidate, and then takes several days to offer them. Those employers who are proactive could very easily have swooped by then!
There is a simple remedy and we would highly recommend clients taking the following steps:
- Instil a sense of urgency into your recruitment processes. You can still be thorough and selective, but keep in mind that a candidate won’t wait for ever.
- Don’t be suspicious about your recruitment agency chasing you with first-class candidates. The relationship between you and a good recruiter should be strong enough to know that they’re not just trying to make a quick sale, but that they have your interests at heart.
- Remember that you have competitors for the best candidates.
- Be confident in your gut reaction. If a candidate looks ideal, take them on. Don’t wait for someone a little more ideal – as they may never turn up.
It is not only the IT Sector that suffers with this problem, we know it to be common across many sectors.
A quick change in mind-set as to how you recruit, will result in considerable savings – cost, time and frustration.
For more information, or to discuss any requirements you have, please contact me on 0161 684 2305 or by email here.
(Jumar Solutions Provides IT recruitment services from offices in the North of England (0161 684 2305) and West Midlands (0121 788 4550) across all areas of the software development lifecycle)