Struggling to Find Qualified Talent? This Could Be the Reason

Finding the best person for the job is rarely easy — especially when the open position left you short-staffed and you’re trying to balance your existing job duties with additional hiring responsibilities. Consequently, this chaos can cause things to drag on way longer than expected.

Of course, candidates applying and interviewing for the job aren’t willing to wait too long for you to make a decision, so dragging your feet is probably causing you to lose these people. According to Fast Company in their study “Why The Hiring Process Takes Longer Than Ever”, Washington, DC has the longest hiring average hiring timeline (over 34 days) in the US, attributable in part to both government hiring criteria, and the high skill levels sought within the market. Here’s how Washington, DC compared to the rest of the US:

Longest Time-to-Hire:

  • Washington, DC: Average of 34.4 days
  • Portland, OR: Average of 25.3 days
  • Seattle, WA: Average of 25.0 days
  • San Jose/Silicon Valley, CA: Average of 24.8 days
  • San Francisco, CA: Average of 23.7 days

Shortest Time-to-Hire:

  • Miami: Average of 18.6 days
  • Phoenix: Average of 19.1 days
  • Orlando: Average of 19.3 days
  • Tampa: Average of 20.2 days

Use these 4 tips to transform your current hiring practices into a system that works for everyone.

  1. Don’t Post the Job Too Hastily. If you need to hire someone immediately, it’s tempting to post a quickly written or outdated job description, but this will only lead to headaches in the long-run. Take the time to write an updated, thorough job description fully detailing the requirements and responsibilities associated with the position, so there’s no confusion from candidates.
  2. Make Hiring Your Top Priority. You have a seemingly endless to-do list, but when hiring is on your agenda, it needs to take precedence. Delegate key responsibilities to your team to handle, so you can focus all your efforts on finding the right candidate — and do so as quickly as possible.
  3. Keep Candidates Updated. When people invest time and energy into applying for a job and going on an interview, it’s very discouraging to hear radio silence. Create a hiring timeline and share it with candidates, so they know in advance when you plan to make a decision. You may think nothing of not reaching out to a candidate for two weeks after the interview, but they’ll likely take this as a rejection and move on.
  4. Work with a Staffing Partner. Finding a great new employee is hard work and incredibly time-consuming, so if you don’t have the resources to handle it yourself, take on a staffing partner. Recruiters have networks filled with qualified candidates actively seeking new opportunities, so they can find the right fit for your company in no time at all. Plus, they’ll handle every aspect of the hiring process, so all you have to do is make the final decision.

Partner with Sparks Group to speed up your hiring process, without sacrificing an ounce of quality. You can count on us to find customized solutions to fill your open positions with the best and brightest administrative, professional, technical, and creative talent in the Washington, DC/Baltimore Metropolitan Area.

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