When it comes to recruitment, there is a set of processes in place to ensure that both the employee and the employer feel ready and happy to start a new job or hire a new staff member. A good recruiter will work diligently with both sides to make sure this happens, but the actual length of the process will vary from client to client.
Many prospective employees are impatient, and for good reason: they want to start a new job and dig right in. But, on the other end, employers are usually just as impatient, hoping to fill a gap in their team and start working towards a goal with a fresh set of eyes. While both ends of the spectrum hope for a speedy recruitment process, it’s not always the case. We spoke with expert recruiters from The Goodkind Group to truly understand how long the recruitment process takes.
Things Can Hold It Up
“I have seen the process happen as quickly as just a couple of weeks, where the biggest hold up is reference checks and background checks,” says Pam of The Goodkind Group. “There are so many moving parts, I’ve even worked on jobs where it has taken up to six months or more just based on the candidate flow, the detailed process, or based on the person and how many people the candidate has to meet with in the firm.”
Only Giving an Employer Top Candidates
“For the most part, we try to weed out from the beginning because we don’t want to waste the client or the candidates time if we don’t think it’s a good fit,” adds Pam. “We know our clients really well so trust is a big factor, they will trust us if we send them a candidate who may not be the best fit on paper, but could grow into the position or be a great cultural fit; I’ve seen situations like that work out more often than not. We also prescreen, which is a huge benefit for the client.”
It’s Case Specific
“I had an evaluation role that I was pushing one of my candidates for and he had three interviews but, ultimately, they decided to bring in a guy from a month ago,” says Rob of The Goodkind Group. “Some jobs move quick and hire quickly, but usually jobs that deal a bit more with pedigree take longer. On average, you want to have a turnaround in a couple of days to a week, but there are some jobs that fall out of that norm.”
A Lot Depends on the recruiter
“A good recruiter should start sending candidates a few days after receiving the job,” adds Rob. “If you work with a client, you have to know their culture so you have to figure out what they want for their firm. You could have a manager who is really hard to work with, causing the executive assistant position to be open for six months, while a higher level job could fill in a week. You have to dig in and see what they really need and want in that specific role.”
If you are looking for a new job, or a company looking to hire new employees, contact the recruitment specialists at The Goodkind Group. You can reach us at 212-378-0700 or visit our website to learn more about our services.