Did you know: the chances of hiring the right person for the job are substantially higher when companies provide feedback within the first 24 hours. Over the past year, we’ve seen a marked increase in client job requests however,  hiring managers must be prepared to make prompt decisions or risk losing out on valuable clients.  As often happens, staffing needs emerge with little notice and, despite the inconvenience, must be filled ASAP.

“Did you know that 89% of talent say being contacted by their recruiter can make them accept a job offer faster?

Unfortunately, candidates left waiting on a company’s hiring process may disappear when a job offer from a competitor comes first. Before you launch your next staffing search, put systems in place to move through the process efficiently because top prospects are juggling multiple offers or holding out for just the right one. Here are some expert tips to ensure you don’t miss out on your next great hire:

#1 Update your job descriptions

Update your job descriptions to ensure it’s accurate for the open position and use language to entice people to apply.

#2 Check Stakeholder Availability

If multiple decision-makers are involved, check to see if they will be available throughout the process. Nothing is more frustrating to a candidate than waiting until a stakeholder gets home from vacation or a conference to find out where they stand.

#3 Identify Areas for Improvement

If you’re looking to tighten the hiring process, evaluate what tasks need improvements. For instance, are administrative and poor communication holding your organization back? If so, commit to an immediate hiring process.

#4 Identify How Long the Process Is 

Ask yourself how long it takes to hire someone within your organization, from when you post the job to when the new employee starts work. Does it take longer in certain positions? If so, which ones and why?

#5 Consider consolidating interviews

Consider consolidating interviews into a single “panel” interview or replacing one interview with a job-shadowing opportunity. When delays are unavoidable, remember to let candidates know what’s going on and that they are still “in the running.”

#6 How long does it take from interview to offer

Evaluate the time it takes from application to phone screen, interviewing to making an offer. Find which stage takes too long and consider what areas require improvement. For instance, are administrative tasks taking too long, and are lack of communication causing delays?

Ultimately, time is one of the highest costs during the hiring process, as every day a position is open represents lost productivity. Typically, the larger the company and more complex the job, the longer it takes to complete the hiring process. By tracking the time to hire, you can identify and reduce inefficiencies that may take too long, such as background checks, interviews, candidate responses, and approvals.

The best way to ensure hiring top talent remains a priority is to partner with a niche staffing firm like FootBridge. We specialize in helping businesses throughout the energy, oil and gas, process industries, utilities, and manufacturing industries streamline their hiring processes and fill their open positions with the most promising candidates. If you are looking to hire the top candidates in the energy industry, contact the staffing experts at FootBridge Energy today!