How to deal with a lengthy hiring process

Alluvion Staffing offers pointers for job hunters

Times have changed in the job market. If you’re currently looking for a job, you may have noticed that the hiring process is much longer and more complex than you originally anticipated. Today, you rarely see job applicants walk into a 20-minute interview and walk out with a full-time position and a salary. According to Forbes, the average interview process length in the U.S. is 22.9 days, almost double the length of the process in 2010.

According to Managing Director David Reichard, diversity in the market is the biggest challenge for many companies in selecting candidates. “Companies are no longer looking for just a vanilla set of skills.” Rather, firms are searching for highly skilled applicants with sophistication and experience, thus requiring more in-depth profiling to find the best employees. With the growing popularity of personality tests, background checks, drug tests and IQ tests, the hiring process is now longer and more grueling than ever.

The wait time can be very frustrating for job seekers who are constantly checking their phones and emails for a response. In such a competitive job market, it is essential that candidates remain patient, prepared and positive. Here are some tips to help you deal with the prolonged process:

Research the company’s hiring process

Prior to submitting your application or going in for your first interview, you should always delve into the company’s hiring procedures so you know what to expect. You can do research on hiring websites like Indeed.com to see what past employees have to say about the company and recruiters.

Leverage your relationship with the recruiter

Reichard suggests that if you’re working with a recruiter, you should leverage that relationship, as he likely has greater insight into how the company is organized and has realistic expectations of how long the process will take. If you know ahead of time how long the process will likely take, you may not feel as anxious during your wait. However, you must ask in a positive manner so as not to pressure or aggravate the employer. You can also ask what the next steps will be so you’re prepared. Maintaining a good relationship with your recruiter will demonstrate your interest and perseverance.

Follow up without appearing too eager

After your initial interview, it is absolutely crucial that you send a note to the employer thanking her for considering you for the position. A handwritten note is very professional, but a personal email also works.

In this note, you want to sound gracious, but also subtly point out that you are a valuable candidate who may be coveted by competing firms. While you want to express your keen interest in the position, you don’t want to sound too desperate. “Personalization is important on all levels of the recruitment process,” says Reichard. You want your follow-up note to sound personal, not generic, so it will stand out in the recruiter’s large stack of other thank-you notes.

Take the recruiter’s comments with a grain of salt

During the hiring process, it’s important to be ready to adjust your expectations of what it will be like and how long it will take. Just because the employer tells you that you should know in a week whether you got the position doesn’t mean that you always will. Even if a recruiter tells you that you’re at the top of his list, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll get the job. The hiring process is often much more difficult and time-consuming for the employer, as he may be interviewing many skilled candidates with similar resumes. It’s important for you to remain calm and positive throughout the process.

Stay busy and keep networking

Even if you think you may be about to snag your dream job, you should always continue seeking out other positions while you wait for a response. You never know what the recruiters will ultimately decide and you should always keep your options open. You may even stumble upon an even better opportunity in your search.

Inform recruiters about other offers with caution

If you tell employers that you have other offers from competing firms, the hiring process may speed up like a racehorse. Companies often want to hire applicants that competing businesses are after. However, you need to be very careful with this, as the tactic may backfire if the employer feels pressured. Forbes suggests that if you decide to present this information, you should do so in a non-threatening and professional manner. It may even get you a better offer from your top-choice company.

To learn more about Alluvion Staffing’s recruiting solutions, visit our website.

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