If your company is trying to attract top candidates, but you’re having difficulty hiring because skilled workers end up with your competitors instead, this can have an adverse impact on company operations and growth. It also means it may be time to tweak your recruiting process so you stop losing out on the chance to hire the best human resources.

It’s important to understand the mistakes you may be making that are driving your potential new hires away. Some of the biggest reasons why you may be losing candidates include:

  • A lengthy application: If an application is too long, people often won’t fill it out – especially if they fear they will take a long time to complete it and not hear back. Make sure your initial application is simple, easy to fill out and focuses on giving you the key information you need to separate the potentially acceptable candidates from the unacceptable ones. You can reach out to those who seem promising and ask them to provide more information, which they will likely be more willing to do once they know you’ve made contact and could potentially be interested in them.
  • Lack of communication during the interview: The interview is a chance for you to evaluate a candidate; however, it’s also an opportunity for the potential new hire to size up the company and see if it is a place they’d want to work. If you seem vague about what the job entails, cannot answer basic questions and don’t make your expectations for a candidate clear during the interview process, talented professionals may decide they’d prefer to work for a company where they have a better idea of what their job will involve.
  • A hiring process that drags on for too long: If you wait too long to move the application process forward or to extend an offer, top candidates may have already been hired elsewhere before you make your move.

You can amend your recruiting process so you no longer provide a poor candidate experience by working with staffing professionals at SmartTalent. Our skilled staffing firm has helped many companies with their hiring in Kirkland, Fife, Renton, Lacey, Lynnwood, Everett and surrounding areas, and we make sure the application process makes the top talent in each field want to work for the companies who partner with us. To find out more about how our staffing professionals can help with your hiring needs, give us a call today.