With the impending risk of such high costs to replace the wrong hire, many employers are taking steps toward shortening the hiring process. Due to the complicated nature of these old processes, extensive hiring strategies are having a negative impact on finding and retaining top performers.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the time to fill an open position is 76% longer today than it was five or six years ago. For job seekers, this can create a grueling interview process.
Because this process can take weeks – or, in some cases, months – to complete, many candidates become disinterested in the role and drop out of the pipeline. While some may await the employer’s call, others continue their job search or take other offers.
In order for employers to find and retain top talent throughout the hiring process, they must keep the 'time to fill' metric and its relation to candidate engagement in mind. While it is understandable that employers want and need to fully screen their candidates, a grueling process might cost them the perfect employee, particularly in a market where top performers have more choices. Shortening the hiring process in the long-term is beneficial.
Nearly half (42%) of candidates experience a lack of communication throughout this process, often going weeks without hearing from the recruiter or HR professional at all. The compromise lies in constant communication with the candidate following such interviews and tests, as well as streamlining the process as much as possible in order to keep top performers interested and engaged.
‘Time to Fill’ Sees Significant Shift in Recruiting