The recruitment process is a long process for many factors.
The most commonly asked question from our candidates regarding the recruitment process is “I haven’t heard back is that a bad sign?”
Its not you. The time it takes for employers to go through the hiring process of course is a long process but why?
When we get a job order from clients we can sometimes get very little information.
If the client is looking for someone for a week then this will become more of a challenge for a recruiter to find someone only willing to work for a week, compared to a month.
Waiting is never easy but when you are waiting to hear back from a job offer, it seems so much longer. For those who are about to start a job search, expect it to take a long time.
Most candidates’ think that they click apply get a phone call asking for an interview and expect to start the following week.
It just doesn’t work like that. The average recruitment process now takes around 23 days.
Most interviews these days follow a standard question and answer process. However, since 2010 it has been reported that there has been a significant increase in the way employers are using screening methods.
Background checks increased from 25% to 42%
Skills test rose from 16% to 23%
When it comes to HR it’s a totally different ballgame and unfortunately the lack of response and feedback after submitting a CV often leaves candidates wondering what went wrong.
It is important to understand how HR works. Companies need to streamline recruitment processes and sell themselves to candidates in order to recruit the best talent.
There are 3 main things that hold up the recruitment process. They are:
FEAR OF BAD HIRE
Hiring the wrong person does not just affect the reputation of a company however its costs the employers time and money this is why employers are wary of employing someone unsuitable for the job. Again, depending on what role the candidate has applied for, will determine the length of the recruitment process.
LOW QUALITY CANDIDATES
It has become apparent that many job seekers view their own employability skills highly. On the other hand, employers find when it comes down to it they lack the skills they say they have to perform the roles to a high standard. More and more companies these days hold assessment days and competency based interviews to ensure the shortlist of candidates they supply the clients with meet the brief.
LONG INTERVIEW PROCESS
So now we have spoke about fear of bad hire and low quality candidates, the next element of a lengthy process is the interview process. Some interviews (again depending on the role) can be done 4/5 times for one job. This has resulted in an increase of candidates drop off as it does take a long time and the candidates are not willing to wait this long.
For example, we have two candidates who have now waited around 6 months due to visa processes and disclosures for a job but the candidates know the job will be rewarding and that’s why they are willing to stick with it.
The best way to circumvent unsuitable is by using a reputable recruitment company who can source the best talent on the market from a database. We take the pressure off companies making sure the candidates that are interviewed are high quality candidates and are suitable for the job.
So what happens when you are placed on a job and its not what you expected?
Look out for this blog, which will answer all your questions.
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