Often companies are baffled as to why they cannot attract and hire the best talent. They spend a lot of money on recruiting, on maintaining their website, on burnishing their reputation. Yet, they fall short in talent acquisition.

It could be that the problem here resides in the hiring process. You may attract the best people, but they will not stick around if they are not treated well during the hiring process. If they are made to wait an inordinate amount of time without hearing anything, or to interact with hiring managers that don’t seem to care about their needs or who are not prepared, they will leave.

To get the best people, you need to provide a good candidate experience. Here are some common mistakes that prevent this.

1. No response
The recruiter submits a candidate to the hiring manager after extensive evaluation, and then, nothing. There is no response. The candidate is calling, wanting to know what is going on. Days pass, and there is simply silence. By this time the candidate is beginning to get fed up and is pursuing other opportunities.

2. Little preparation
For most hiring managers, interviewing is not a primary part of the job. They may not be aware of the best way to go about doing it. And they may not take the time to prepare, which sends a message to the job candidate.

Hiring managers need to do their homework as well – defining clearly what kinds of skills they are looking for, and preparing the questions that will help them assess those skills.

3. Haphazard interviews
Not knowing the best way to interview, the hiring manager may end up conducting a conversation that is meandering, where different topics are discussed in different interviews. This makes it more difficult to assess candidates relative to each other.

It is important that hiring managers ask all candidates the same questions so that they can better compare responses to get a better sense of who may fit the position.

4. Too much time between interviews
Interviews all need to be scheduled around the same time, preferably within several days of each other. Too often, hiring managers choose a person to interview and then wait to see how that interview goes before talking to other candidates.
This is a huge time waster and a sure way to lose candidates, who may be looking elsewhere in the meantime.

5. Being indecisive
In this scenario, hiring managers keep candidates waiting because the manager wants to see who else may apply. Again, this is a good way to lose qualified job candidates. Managers need to interview and then make a decision.

One of the best ways to do this is to be clear at the start exactly what you are looking for in a job candidate.

If your company is looking for top-flight people, Winston Resources can help. We know how to find, evaluate, and prepare job candidates, so they can make in impact for your company. Give us a call today.

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