Recruiting in a Down Economy: Keep Your Finger On The Pulse

Is recruiting in a down economy challenging?  I think so.  I have a number of requisitions I am recruiting for and you would think there would be thousands of people applying for each requisition.  Well, it just isn’t so.  The positions I am recruiting for are quite vast, from customer service, to research and development, engineering and sales managers. Even in this economy candidates are finding opportunities, regardless of where they live.  Plus, candidates are taking jobs based upon their needs, and it they have been out of work for a long time; they will take the first reasonable offer.  Your hiring managers may be busy with upgrades in their office or facility and traveling; they may not have the time for the interviews.  It is our responsibility to help keep them informed on the ever changing workforce challenges and how they will be affected.

Here are a few things you can do to make the process run a little bit more smoothly.

  • First, ask your hiring managers about their travel schedule, after all it is summer and people are traveling for both business and vacations.  You should inform the hiring managers what you are experiencing and that people have been finding opportunities in very shorter timeframes.
  • Secondly, ask the candidate to be up front about opportunities they have going on and find out their level of interest in the other opportunities and convey that information to the hiring managers.
  • Finally, make sure you have additional candidates for the hiring manager to review in case there are any candidates who fall off the interview panels.

Going the extra distance with the candidates and hiring managers will help you manage through our changing and challenging workforce.


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