Is there anything a job applicant can do to assist speed up the recruiting process when a prospective employer moves at a glacial pace when it comes to making decisions on candidates? The simple answer is that it is. As I describe in this essay, there are a few different approaches that you may use in order to encourage an employer to make a choice on hiring in a more expedient manner.
In spite of historically low unemployment rates and a continued need for talented individuals, many people who are looking for work report that the recruiting process may take quite a time. It is not unheard of for potential employees to have to go through three or even four interviews before a hiring decision is made, and this may often take several weeks.
What exactly is the holdup here? The business world is exercising extreme caution. They want to avoid making an expensive mistake by employing the wrong individual, so they are very careful about who they choose to fill the position.
Be aware, if you are looking for work, that it is possible for you to have to wait for an offer of employment for a longer period of time than you would want. However, this does not imply that you have to take it easy and twiddle your thumbs. Do not make the assumption that there is nothing you can do to speed up the process of recruiting. The following are three ways in which you may be able to assist the employer in reaching a choice more rapidly.
Approach No. 1: Ensure that you go into the interview well-informed.
The job interview is where you should start making your efforts. Keep talking to the person in charge of recruiting new employees until you are certain that they have received all of the information they need from you, at least for the time being. For instance, you may ask, "Do you have any other questions for me?" or "Do you need to know anything more about me that we haven't previously discussed?" both of these inquiries would fall under the category of "other questions."
You should do all in your power to ensure that you are given the opportunity to respond to any concerns or questions that may be raised by the possible employer. You may find out, for instance, that the person in charge of recruiting wonders whether or not you possess the appropriate technical abilities for the post. You are able to give further insight into your credentials and mention how you've used the talents that are in issue in past employment that you've had. Alternately, you may describe the training that you want to pursue in order to develop the skills that the company believes you need.
Also, before you leave the meeting, double check that you have a clear understanding of the next phases in the recruiting process. If this is the first interview, you should inquire about the recruiting process by asking, "What does your timetable look like for hiring?" If you have finished what you consider to be the last interview, ask, "When may I expect to receive a decision?" (When can I anticipate hearing a decision?) This not only gives you insight into the thoughts of the employer, but it also lets you know when the appropriate time is to follow up with the recruiting manager, should that become required.
Approach No. 2: Continue communication in a variety of different ways
Your first and foremost objective after an interview should be to ensure that the person in charge of recruiting remembers you. The most effective method for doing so is to follow up. This activity calls for a light touch. You should be steadfast in your efforts. On the other hand, you don't want to be a bother or seem to be too eager.
Always remember to write a thank-you message within the first day and a half after an interview. Although sending a letter by email is okay, you can also consider sending a handwritten note via conventional mail. It's a great touch that may help set you apart from other people. Sending a message of gratitude to the person who interviewed you is a great way to highlight your credentials while also reiterating your interest in the job for which you interviewed.
If you haven't heard anything from the hiring manager after a week has passed, you should pick up the phone and give them a call. If the company does not have any new information for you, ask when you can expect to hear back from them and reiterate how interested you are in the position.
When you follow up, be conscious of the tone you use. You can't put too much pressure on them. When approaching busy recruiting managers for updates, it is imperative to do so in a manner that is respectful, diplomatic, and professional. Make an effort to keep your feelings to yourself. Obviously, this is simpler to say than it is to execute, particularly if you are really interested in the position. However, over the years, I've seen an excessive number of applicants ruin their prospects by showing an excessive amount of emotion while speaking to hiring managers at this stage.
If you haven't heard back from the employer after another week has passed, give them a call and inquire as to whether or not they are considering you for the position you applied for. At this point, there is no longer any purpose in dancing around the issue. You are interested in finding out whether or not others consider you to be a serious candidate for the post.
The manner in which the hiring manager responds to your questions throughout the different rounds of follow-up might reveal a great deal about where you are in the selection process. If the potential employer says they would be happy to speak with you and begs you to be patient as they go on with the recruiting process, there is a significant likelihood that you are still being considered for the post. If your contact acts as if they do not want to hear from you, or if you are unable to get in touch with them, this may be an indication that it is time for you to move on.
Approach No. 3: Make it very evident that you are making headway in your hunt
It is a good idea to remind the hiring manager that you are still looking for work since this is an extra step that might possibly speed up the recruiting process. Inform your contact that other businesses have shown interest in you and that you have been doing interviews with them (only if this if the case, of course). This makes it quite evident to the potential employer that they are not the only company vying for your abilities, in addition to sending the message that you are not going to spend your whole life idly waiting by the phone.
If you've stopped looking for work, now is the time to start looking again. You should always be looking for new employment, regardless of how far you've been in the application process. You shouldn't let up on your efforts until you really have an offer in your possession. There is always the possibility that an opportunity that seems to be a sure thing may not pan out. Who knows, you could wind yourself with more than one offer of employment to choose from. If you need to convince an employer who is high on your list of possibilities to make a choice, this will only offer you more power in the situation.