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The Hiring Process Backfired

The complicated hiring process is made to hire the best candidate, but that very process often backfires and becomes a hindrance to quality hiring, with the best candidates going to other organizations who value their expertise and time.

If companies are unable to make hiring decisions after a decent number(three or four) of interview rounds, it may also signal to the candidate how the company makes decisions internally.

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Finding The Best Candidate

Companies involved in a long, drawn-out interview process forget that the best candidates only briefly surface on the job market and don’t stay there forever. Surveys indicate that most candidates lose interest in the job if they are kept waiting in line for longer than two weeks.

Recruitment should not be delayed, and if it is due to a valid reason, it has to be communicated to the candidate waiting for a reply.

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  • Prepare your questions based on the attributes of an ideal candidate,
  • Reduce stress level. Tell the candidates in advance the questions you plan to ask.
  • Involve enough people for multiple checks.
  • Assess potential. Look for signs of the candidate's curiosity, insight, engagement, and determination.
  • Ask behavioral and situational questions.
  • Consider "cultural fit", but don't obsess because people adapt.
  • Sell the role and the organization once you're sure in your candidate.

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The online job application process

Online applications can take hours of candidates' time when applying for a job. While some firms are moving away from these online systems, many companies move towards them.

A recent survey states that 73% of businesses of all sizes use talent acquisition software to source, track, analyse, and onboard new recruits. 99% of the US Fortune 500 companies use applicant tracking system (ATS) providers, allowing them to customise questions and set filters, and automate the bulk of the filtering labour.

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Subjective Evaluation In Interviews

On the employer’s side, the entire job interview process is subjective, from the shortlisting of applications to the screening phone call, and finally when the candidate is at the door.

Candidates are hired on gut instinct and those who had a good connection during the short call or meet are preferred. The effectiveness of the job interview turns to zero when the role of bias is maximized and the competencies of the employee are sidelined, or overlooked.

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