3 Signs You Need Help with Your Hiring Process

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3 Signs You Need Help with Your Hiring Process

In the construction industry, having an effective hiring strategy is essential. The average hiring process takes over a month and can incur exorbitant costs. The cost of hiring a new employee goes up if you have an ineffective hiring process, especially if the new hire doesn’t stick around. Here are three signs you need help with your hiring process.

1. You’re Using the Same Job Descriptions You’ve Used for Years

If you’re still using the same job descriptions you used a decade ago, you won’t attract the right candidates. Hiring trends have changed. Your old job descriptions likely focus on experience, education, and skills. Businesses today also hire for cultural fit and potential. Moreover, roles change over time, so it is a good idea to reevaluate the responsibilities of each of your employees each year.

2. Your Interview Process Is Too Long

Many companies take their time interviewing candidates. Usually, it’s because they’ve made bad hiring decisions in the past and don’t want to make another mistake. You might have candidates interview with multiple people so leaders can collaborate on their hiring decision. While this seems like a smart strategy, it leads to a munch lengthier hiring process. The problem is the candidates you’re considering will be applying to other companies. You don’t want to miss out on top talent because you took too long to make a decision.

3. Retention is a Problem

Perhaps the biggest sign you need help with your hiring process is if you struggle to retain great employees. Onboarding is one of the most important aspects of any successful hiring strategy. Many new hires leave because the job isn’t what they expected or because they feel like outsiders. Onboarding should start during the interview phase, since it is never too early to start communicating clear expectations. Effective onboarding will ensure that you set clear expectations for your new employee, provide them with the training they need to thrive in their new role, and help foster a sense of belonging.

A smart hiring strategy is necessary if you want to attract and retain quality candidates that fit into your construction firm’s culture. Unfortunately, many companies have hiring processes that are long, overcomplicated, and ineffective. If you haven’t updated job descriptions in years, have an interview phase that takes too long, and struggle with retention, it’s time to reevaluate your hiring process.


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By | 2020-01-16T08:58:31-05:00 January 21st, 2020|Construction Blog|

About the Author:

The Birmingham Group has been serving the construction industry since 1967. Brian Binke took over the firm in 1995 and since that time, he has personally placed over 1200 construction managers and senior leaders, with company revenues ranging from $10 million dollars to the largest ENR 400 companies in the industry. Brian is an industry innovator, with a specialized skillset in construction. His keen understanding of business, the construction industry, and ability to effectively match and recruit top leaders has led to many accolades. He was ranked the #1 International Billing Owner in the construction industry for his own personal production and has been consistently recognized as one of the Top 10 International Billing Owners out of 800 owners worldwide. This includes owners across every industry. In 2013, Brian was awarded the #1 International Billing Owner within the entire network. For over two decades, Brian has been considered one of the most influential thought leaders in the construction industry. His business and construction knowledge are used as a resource for some of the nation’s most prominent publications. In the past year alone, Brian has been quoted in or authored articles for The Wall Street Journal, CBS News, MoneyWatch, Construction Today, ConstructionDive, United Rentals, Fast Company, Entrepreneur Magazine, American Express, Builder Magazine, and Human Resource Executive, among others. "I believe companies are a lot like sports teams. The team with the best players usually wins. It is my passion to deliver the absolute best talent to my client companies – the market’s top performers, the talent that every company wants to hire but which seldom seems available. To put it simply, I thrive on helping my clients build their Dream Team." - Brian Binke, The Birmingham Group

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