Are You About To Pop? Recruitment Time Frustrations

Are You About To Pop? Recruitment Time Frustrations

My daughter had to give a school presentation in yr 5 this week. She chose the topic ‘Popcorn’. It went down well apparently. She interacted with the audience taking a straw poll of ‘Salt Vs Sweet’ and gave away popcorn samples at the end (bribery that earned her a high score.)

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I watched her prepare and whilst sat in her ‘practice audience’ learnt that popping corn was the primary use for all microwaves. It’s fast, hot, takeaway and convenient.

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It got me thinking about how instant gratification has become so important for most of us.

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We want the candidate interviewed yesterday, we want the decision now and the start date last Monday.

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That’s so at odds with the reality of the current marketplace. For non-billable positions in particular, the time it takes from identified need – sign off – selection – interview – decision making – start date seems to be longer than ever before. Roles disappear, dates pushed back, meeting scheduled, rescheduled then rescheduled again. Deliberation, more steps in the process and the number of people involved increasing. Candidates lost, counter offers made and notice periods longer.

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Recruiters out there may just put it down to poor control but it’s happening everywhere. There are some real horror stories circling and candidate tales of never ending assessments and processes are not uncommon.

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It’s the gap between the expectation and the reality that causing the frustration on both sides.

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How about a different perspective: maybe it’s not that it should all speed up, but that our expectation should slow down a little as well? Yes of course it can always be streamlined. Speed is important, think on your feet, act quickly, strike whilst the iron’s hot and so on.

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Back to the presentation. She took her time preparing, researching and thinking about what she wanted to do and the best way to go about it.

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Delays are not always down to lack of priority, disorganisation and disinterest, but thought, planning and collaboration.

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Demonstrating the care, deliberation and attention something has been given, adds weight doesn’t it?

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Sarah Cooper has over 14 years Recruitment experience gained in both an internal and agency environment. As one of the founding Directors of McGinnis Loy Ltd, specialist Finance and HR Recruiters, she is still actively recruiting in the marketplace today. Follow her tweets @approachmarket

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