Improve Your Hiring Process in 2019

//Improve Your Hiring Process in 2019

Improve Your Hiring Process in 2019

In construction’s competitive job market, you need a hiring process that is fast, meaningful, and efficient. This is the only way you’re going to come out on top when there’s a labor shortage. The best talent will go with the company that makes them feel valued and wanted. These tips will help you improve your hiring process in 2019.

Speed Things Up

The hiring process shouldn’t take more than 3 weeks from start to finish. Many companies spend weeks and weeks interviewing candidates because of disorganization, indecision, and other factors. When the process takes too long, candidates lose interest or move on to another opportunity, and you lose out on talent. You have to think about each step of your hiring process and eliminate any steps that aren’t necessary. You’re likely making candidates jump through hoops that they don’t need to.

Every Interview Needs to Have a Purpose

Make sure that every scheduled interview has a clear focus and purpose. If you are doing a follow-up interview, you don’t want to repeat the same questions you asked in the original interview. Give each meeting a designated agenda. For example, your candidate may have one meeting with HR and another meeting with the hiring manager to discuss experience and cultural fit. The goal is to learn new and valuable information, so meetings can’t be redundant. Plus, you risk annoying the candidates if you ask them questions or give them information that have already been discussed.

Treat Candidates with Respect

One of the most important facets of the hiring process is the way you treat the candidates. You want them to feel like you value their time and talent. For this reason, you have to be flexible about interview times and sensitive to time changes. If you want to hire someone who is currently employed, then you need to be considerate of their time restraints. Although you want these candidates to come work for your company, you don’t want to do anything that could negatively impact their current job. You also want to listen to them and treat interviews as conversations. You don’t want the candidate to feel like they’re jumping through hoops or that you don’t care about what they have to say.

Be Transparent

The most effective hiring practices include a high level of transparency. The candidates need to know what to expect throughout every step of the process. For example, the candidates need to know exactly who they’re meeting with and what the interview will be like. Is it going to be a one-on-one interview, or will they be meeting with a committee? The candidate needs to be informed so they can prepare for the interview successfully. The candidate should know where they stand within 24 hours after being interviewed. They should know if they are moving forward in the process or if you are not interested.

It’s never been harder to find great talent in the construction industry. You need to be strategic if you want to win over candidates. One thing you should focus on is making your hiring process as efficient and engaging as possible. You want candidates to feel excited about working for your company.


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By | 2019-04-15T08:37:58-04:00 April 18th, 2019|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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