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This Is Where Your Hiring Process Fails

Are you having a hard time hiring in today’s competitive market? Do you find yourself mulling over your hiring process, wondering where it all went wrong? While every situation is different, and occasionally some factors are  entirely out of your control, we can often pinpoint exactly what went wrong. Here are three basic reasons why your hiring process is failing.

It Takes Too Long

The number one reason candidates stray from your hiring process is because it takes too long! There is a saying in the recruiting world, “time kills all deals,” and it is truer than ever in this candidate-driven market. With multiple job offers on the table, candidates don’t have time to wait for a long, drawn-out hiring process. The longer your process, the more likely your candidates will pull out of contention.

You Require Too Many Interviews

To add another layer, requiring too many interviews can significantly affect the length of your hiring process. When the “interviewing stage” consists of phone interviews, video interviews, panel interviews, in-person interviews, informal team meet-and-greets, etc., your candidates will undoubtedly be turned off. Keep your interview process simple and only involve those who are on a “need-to-know” basis. If you can eliminate steps throughout your process, you will save valuable time and resources without spooking your candidates.

You’re Afraid to Commit

If you’ve interviewed a fantastic candidate, but are still hesitant to pull the trigger, you could be missing out on a great opportunity. Once you’ve found a strong candidate, stop scheduling more interviews! If you go all-in on a job prospect, they’re likely to return the favor.

If you find your hiring process lacking, it’s time to partner with JSG. We have helped thousands of clients discover qualified candidates, improve their hiring process, and achieve their growth goals. Contact us today to learn more!

Ghosting

How to Decrease Your Odds of Being Ghosted By Candidates

Ghosting

Candidates are no longer just ghosting recruiters; They are ghosting employers by simply not showing up for their first day of work. But that’s not the only thing they are doing. They are also completely ghosting interviews. Ghosting is a trend that has become very prevalent in today’s job market due to candidates having options (and lots of them!). And apparently, it’s easier to just not show up for an interview instead of saying you found another opportunity.

Why are candidates ghosting?

Some say it may be a form of payback. More than 52 percent of employers have not contacted candidates back for jobs after three months. This can leave a bad taste in candidates’ mouths and in turn, may correlate to candidates not feeling bad about ghosting interviews, recruiters, or even job offers.

In the long run, ghosting is probably not the best game plan for those looking for jobs. But in this market, they can, and are, playing dirty.

What is making ghosting a normal thing to expect?

With the job market being the best it has ever been in 18 years, candidates know they have options. And ghosting an interview, in their eyes, is better than getting offered the job and ghosting once the offer is made for a better position.

Job seekers find it weird to cancel. It may just be the way of the land now with people not wanting confrontation. It’s easier to just not show up than to explain they are looking or found something better. Ghosting will stay prominent if the market stays like this, but there is a way companies can combat losing great candidates to other offers.

How companies can avoid being ghosted

Companies are not being as proactive as they can be to avoid ghosting. They are still moving slow on candidates and are not meeting the salary expectations that top talent feels they deserve. Especially, in this market where they know, they can most likely find a job that will pay what they’re looking for.

To avoid ghosting, focus on shortening your time from when a candidate applies to when they are hired. This will help you catch the candidate’s attention and gives them less time to find other opportunities. It also shows you’re interested and proves that you believe they are a top-notch candidate. This will make them feel important and want to connect more with what your company has to offer.

How Johnson Service Group can help you

Another way to avoid ghosting is to work with a recruiting firm that knows how to keep things moving and find the best talent for you. Here at Johnson Service Group, we pride ourselves on our relationships with our candidates and our clients. Our process helps us find you the talent you’re looking for but also ensures we do our diligence on trying to find candidates that will be less likely to ghost.

Overall, ghosting is a habit we will most likely have to deal with for a while. But having a process that keeps things quick and organized will help you fill your critical positions with great people. Reach out to Johnson Service Group today to see what we can do to help your company see less ghosting and attain more hires.

Job Application Mishaps That Could Get You Fired Before You’re Even Hired

Maybe you haven’t had to apply for a new job in a while, so you’re going over everything. Resume, Cover letter, what you will write in your application. But you also need to make sure you do NOT make one of these mistakes that’ll end up getting you fired before you’re even hired!

Grammar/Spelling Mistakes

Some people think this isn’t a big deal and that hiring managers will just look over it. Because come on, it’s just some grammar and spelling mistakes, right? Well, actually, wrong! If you’re not even willing to double check your application materials, a hiring manager will think you don’t care enough about the position. This will most likely end with your application being put in the, “do not contact list” and you never hearing back.

Double checking everything you write when you are filling out an application will ensure that you get seen and hopefully offered an interview. The last thing you want to happen is to be skipped over when you have great skills to be successful in the position.

Lying on your Resume

This is obviously a no-go… And there is a difference between making yourself look good over flagrantly lying. When editing your resume and cover letter, it’s important to incorporate keywords and activities you’ve accomplished relating to the position. But do not add things you haven’t done. Do not add experience you don’t have. They will figure it out. And whether that is during an interview or after you’re hired, you will get fired.

So, don’t lie. Even if you feel your experience isn’t where they want it. If they like who YOU are, they can help you get to where they want you to be. Never risk losing a job because you’re afraid you won’t get it in the first place. You just end up shooting yourself in the foot and leaving a terrible taste in that hiring manager’s mouth.

Bad References

When you write down references make sure they are aware and willing to help give you one in the first place. Having a hiring manager calling someone who hasn’t worked with you in years isn’t the way to go. Especially, if you haven’t told them that you put them down.

Companies do call your references and it could tank or make you landing the job… So find people who have good experiences working with you. Update them on the fact that you’re looking for a new position and would love to put them down as someone to contact. Update your list as necessary! This way when hiring managers contact them, you know they will help you land the job, not lose it.

Bad Mouthing an Old Employer

When you’re lucky enough to be called in for an interview, you will be asked about why you want to leave your current company. A lot of people find this question stressful. But really, it’s simple. If you stay positive and talk about what you learned and how leaving is what’s going to help you grow, it makes you look confident and optimistic. Which in turn, makes every company want to work with you.

If you decide to bad mouth your current company it starts to look like you’re the problem. The hiring managers will not want to hire you. Even if these problems at your current employer are real and terrible. Every position you hold will have people you don’t like. But people want to see that you can work with these hard characters and still be productive.

Bad mouthing your previous/current company is a sure way to be fired before you ever get the chance to be hired. And when you’re looking for jobs and applying for positions you really want, this is not something anyone wants to do. So, make sure you keep these tips in mind so the next interview you get will help you be a sure-hire for the position!