Hire early for best results. This seems a recurring theme for a WFA Staffing Blog, but that is the case for a reason: there is a shortage of qualified people seeking positions as has been the case off and on for the past year. We find candidates who have interviewed and made favorable impressions not being available any longer after a wait of only a week to ten days. This seems more and more to be the ‘new normal’. Frankly, we had expected this to be a passing phenomenon since we have seen that pattern before, but this seems to be more widespread and of longer duration than we’ve experienced in a long time.So consider a new hiring strategy…
If there is one message that seems to be apparent, it is this: when you find a qualified person who seems to be a great fit for your organization, you may want to consider expediting your normal hiring timeline. The chances are increasing that this person may no longer be available when you decide to pull the trigger. That has happened to us several times very recently.
As we stated at the beginning of this blog, what has been the case in select categories now appears to be the case almost across the board. Obviously, those positions with stiffer qualification and experience requirements might remain open for a bit longer, but the qualified candidates for those higher level positions seem to also have more choices.
The early bird indeed is coming away with the deal.
Talent is in the driver’s seat today and the talent we see does not seem hesitant to make life-altering decisions very quickly when the ‘right person and the right employer’ find each other. Consider free agency; the top athletes usually receive immediate offers and are not left ‘on the market’ very long. It is the wise employer who recognizes this market and alters the process accordingly in order to bring the right people on board.
As always, we are here to help and part of that help in today’s market is the advice you have just read. If we seem to be pushing a bit, please understand that we are trying to help you avoid being disappointed. Open positions, or under-performing employees, are costly to any business.
Fred D’Amato, President