Why a Faster Hiring Process Helps Your Business

Posted: Aug 23  |  By: Parker + Lynch

A tight labor market and increasingly choosy candidate pool is creating a sense of urgency among employers to hire quickly, or lose top talent to their competitors. As unemployment continues to drop, candidates have additional career options and are more willing to leave their jobs for what appears to be greener pastures. This exodus of qualified professionals can be expensive—and stressful—for all companies involved. So, who are the most eligible candidates, and how are businesses quickly engaging with them?

The Millennial Majority

Millennials will make up 75% of the global workforce by 2025. Successfully hiring this soon-to-be majority of the workforce has become the main focus of successful companies. Members of this generation, who are beginning to demand more interview feedback, a quicker hiring decision, and a faster onboarding process, are changing the way employers interact with candidates.

KPMG recently conducted a survey of 400 new graduates applying for a graduate job at a UK firm. The survey revealed that more than one-third were annoyed about how long they had to wait to hear the outcome of an interview, and how long the recruitment process took. The top complaints of Millennial job seekers were as follows:

  1. Not being offered feedback if they didn’t land the job (55% of respondents)
  2. Poor communication from the potential employer (43%)
  3. A long wait to hear the interview outcome (34%)
  4. The length of time of the recruitment process (34%)
  5. The amount of stages in the process (28%)

As a result of the survey findings, KPMG has changed its graduate recruitment process to beat start-ups or tech firms with the goal of appealing to Millennials. KPMG decided to accelerate the hiring process by consolidating the stages—cutting down the typically time-consuming ordeal and improving hiring.

Why should you speed up your hiring process?

This shift in the hiring process at KPMG is causing a chain reaction in the way other companies are drawing from a competitive (and shallow) talent pool. Millennials want easy and efficient interviews, and they want feedback, whether they’re right for the job or not. And they’d prefer all this to occur within a few days. Not to mention, expediting hiring can save your business time and money. You’ll reduce the number of job ads, unproductive hours, and time spent on screening, scheduling and interviewing candidates.

So how can businesses speed up time-to-hire? How can you streamline the interview process?

Video Interviews

Technology like Skype is making the interview process quicker, easier, and more efficient. Video interviews are attractive to Millennials because of the ease of completing an interview from any geographical location and through a digital platform that they’re fluent in. Not only is hiring Millennials through video interviews advantageous to the candidate, but to the employer who is increasing hiring efficiency and opening up their candidate pool outside of their local market.

Panel Interviews

Instead of conducting three separate interviews and assessments over the course of several weeks, employers should aim to combine the process into one day by having a panel of interviewers at one time. Again, this speeds up the process, eliminates redundancy and saves times for all parties.

Staffing Companies

By letting a staffing firm do all the pre-interview due diligence, like reference checks, degree verification, and salary requirements, companies can streamline their interview processes. Nowadays, if companies have a position to fill, it’s almost already too late. Hiring in slack times and hiring quickly might be the only way to beat the competition in this tight talent landscape. Working with a staffing firm also helps develop a pipeline of qualified candidates to give hiring managers the edge they need.

Closing Thoughts

The benefits of an expedited hiring process are clear—it’s appreciated by job candidates and saves your business time and money. Having said that, there are corners that can’t be cut. For instance, you should ensure that candidates are thoroughly vetted and that all hiring managers are on the same page. Yes, quick hires are often beneficial, but jumping the gun and hiring the wrong candidate will only lead to bigger problems. Like anything, there’s a balance that you must strike.

When bringing new employees onboard, it’s important to pay them right. Efforts to recruit and retain top talent should always come with appropriate salary figures. To find out what to pay your people, reserve a copy of our 2017 Salary Guide.