Hiring faster does not mean you make a rash decision. Desperation is the worst type of hire. That said, in my profession I see a lot of insurance companies and agencies struggling with timing. Candidates sense and respond to speed and efficiency, whether it’s good or bad. Nothing can sway top talent more than the feeling of being actively courted or strung along.
With this in mind, I think it bears a simple reminder. The best candidates aren’t free for long. This is especially true with contract hires. If you’re not quick to the draw, making a decision or relaying an offer to the candidate, they will go somewhere. According to Officevibe.com, “Top candidates are typically off the market in 10 days.”
Expect _________ When Timing Is a Hiring Priority
- Pushback From Leadership. People often resist change. Plus, it forces the issue of accountability which is a tough but necessary position for you to be in. You’ve worked hard to find the candidate so don’t let someone else jeopardize the process because they aren’t as invested in it.
- Fully Present Behavior. A well-designed and well-executed hiring process allows people to be fully present and have conversations that really matter. A faster approach enables interviewers to focus on people, not the process.
- Increased Candidate Satisfaction. Candidates appreciate a more efficient process. Mutual trust is built when they believe they are dealing with a company that is serious about hiring.