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Sorry, you are too late

Is it too late to say Happy New Year! January is about to disappear, and where did that time go? February, the last winter month, will soon be upon us and spring will appear. I’m so looking forward to the flowers. They always makes me smile.

So, do you have plans for recruiting in 2022?

Times on the recruitment front are still as challenging as they were in 2021 and I don’t see that being very different in 2022. Once again, for in-demand roles there will be plenty of opportunities for candidates to choose from. As is always the way in a marketplace like this candidates will be taking advantage. Having multiple interviews with multiple prospective employers. Some of whom will have a much slicker process than yours.

Multiple interviews can take a while which, of course slows the recruitment process right down. Especially for managers and companies wanting to recruit and get people in place as soon as possible. Therefore, you will need to be quick to make an offer.

There is one guarantee in this market, move too slow and that great applicant will be made an offer and taken from under your nose. Then frustratingly for you it is time to start the process all over again.

So if 2022 is the time your business is looking to recruit here are a couple of tips to help you through the fierce marketplace we find ourselves in:

  1. Ensure your job specification is written well. And, I do mean well. This will target and attract the right applicants. Don’t use in-house jargon as will mean nothing to someone outside of your organisation. Keep it punchy, interesting and be specific.

  2. Don’t wait to get a shortlist together before bringing applicants in for an interview. If you see someones CV and they look right for the role interview get them in for an interview.

  3. Considered Zoom for a 1st interview. With so many people now familiar with zoom this is a great way to quickly organise an interview. It's also a great tool to use to review and assist you when it comes to short-listing of candidates.

  4. Think about how you can shorten your interview process. If 3rd interviews are the norm to allow the candidate to meet the team and visa versa, maybe think of combining this stage into the 2nd interview. It is better to have a longer 2nd interview than lose a candidate to another employer because your process is taking too long.

  5. And finally.....Remember, an interview is an opportunity to cast a ‘spotlight’ on your business. Interviewing is a two way process. Really get your applicant involved in the interview. They need to find out about you and you find out all about them.

Recruiting in todays market can be and is sometimes is daunting, frustrating and time consuming, particularly when you are struggling to fill vacancies and keep losing great candidates.

A professional recruiter can help you take some of the strain. Take a look at your current recruitment process, reduce the risk of losing great candidates and by managing the sourcing and recruitment process for you, keep you informed and the candidates engaged throughout. Right to appointment. Giving you back time to get ready to welcome them in.

I hope these tips help . Good luck with your recruitment. If I can help with your search please get in touch.

Look forward to hearing from you. Chris


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