Sometimes when you’re job searching, the wait at each step in the hiring process can feel interminable. You wait to see if your resume got looked at. Then, you wait to see if you will be selected for a job interview. Then you wait for the interview that is probably a week away. Then, on the day of the interview, you’re nervous and worried and still waiting because the interview’s at 3 p.m. Perhaps some insight into the steps an employer takes to hire an employee will help you understand what is going on behind the scenes.
It’s really not about you, for the most part.
Insights for Job Candidates
Recruiting and hiring an employee usually starts with a recruitment planning meeting and moves on from there. Applicant resumes received by recruiters or the direct the hiring manager is a lengthy process while you have no idea if the recruiter filed your resume among those of the most qualified applicants – or not. Recruiters like LA Intronet, need to do serious ground work. Reference checking, criminal and ID checks, scanning through your CV to make sure it all ticks those important boxes and much more.
Then the recruiter will contact the direct company with the good news:
”We have found your unicorn for the position”.
Once the recruiter or HR people contact you to schedule an interview with the client, the wait can feel especially long after you experience your first recruitment interview as you wait to hear if they will invite you back for a second interview to meet more potential coworkers.
In a large company, sometimes bureaucracy adds layers of time to the hiring process. Plus, you might be competing with a large pool of candidates.
How Fast Growing Companies Hire an Employee
A lot depends on how fast the company is growing, too. In a fast-growing company, the Human Resource staff members are generally swamped with employee recruiting. At the same time, in a fast-growing company, many of the work systems are broken. What worked for 75 employees no longer works at 150 or 200 employees.
So, the people who are responsible to lead the charge and hire new employees are doubly swamped; they are creating their hiring systems and working with the recruiters as fast as they can – at the same time. It’s a challenge to get back to candidates even to schedule a second interview.
While You Wait
What can you do in the meantime? Make sure that you send a thank you letter to the recruiter and if possible, to the client. Check this first with the recruiter!
You will also want to keep your job search system up-to-date and moving forward. A polite phone call is often returned.
And, just one time, you can send the recruiter an email asking about the status of the position they are filling.
In an employee empowering and participatory work environment, the number of people involved in a hiring decision makes selection challenging, too. Just getting five or six people together to do an interview can take several weeks.
It is in this process that it becomes a waiting game to see if you are selected for more interviews and your recruiter will let you know as soon as they do if this happens. There’s a busy tornado going on between the recruiter and client, as they both need you to get on board asap, but as we all know there is a mix of red tape, approvals, budgets, paper work, more approvals etc both recruiters and clients need to run through before we can give you that call that goes along the simple, yet powerful lines of:
”YOU GOT THE JOB”!!