With average or not-so-hot candidates you can basically take your time. You can pass CVs to line managers for review, wait a week before following that up with them, set an interview date in two weeks time after someone’s holiday is over, not get feedback from a line manager for days after an interview, and so forth. The average candidate will still be job hunting in the 3 or 4 weeks it might take you to reach the decision to make an offer.
Good to great candidates aren’t like this. They are interviewing at several places at once, wowing people with their personality and skill base. They are likely to move from application to offer stage within 2-3 weeks. If you let your line managers sit on their CV, or not get back to you after interviews, then the chances are that you will lose them. Even worse they could be going to join one of your competitors.
If you want to secure the best talent for your organisation you need to be agile, especially in today’s world of ‘always-on’ availability.
- Nicola Franklin