It Takes Too Long to Hire

by Dave Nerz

Image of hourglass running out of timeThe saying is “that time kills all deals.” That may be true and yet employers are taking too long to hire. According to data collected by the Josh Bersin Company, data from a half million hires in 2022 and 2023 shows an increase of a full day being added to the average time to hire in the first quarter of 2023 alone. So, what is the cause?

The shift from hybrid and remote work can cause candidates to consider employment changes more carefully. Employees who were working from home may see the move to an in-office requirement as a concern. Concerns and questions lead to extended conversations and reassurance takes times. Obviously, you still want top candidates and if it takes a few days to overcome concerns, it is time well spent. Read the rest of this entry »

Benchmarking in Hiring: What is it and Why is it Important?

by Veronica Blatt

word cloud description of benchmarkingToday’s guest blogger is Rachelle Mire, senior account executive at McQuaig, a global leader in talent management solutions. McQuaig assessments are designed to provide a deeper insight into a candidate’s personality, cognitive, and behavioral attributes. With over 50 years of experience, McQuaig assessments provide a comprehensive view of a candidate and their potential to succeed in a organization while shedding light on the most important areas of employee development. This post discusses how to use benchmarking in hiring to identify the right-fit candidates.

Hiring the right candidate for a job is critical to the success of any organization. However, the process of identifying the right fit can be difficult, time-consuming, and prone to human bias. One way to streamline the process and reduce costs is through job profiling, or benchmarking. In this article, we’ll explore what benchmarking is, why it’s useful, and how McQuaig can help organizations define the ideal characteristics required for a specific role. Read the rest of this entry »

Time to decrease Time-to-Fill and Drive Total Profits

by Veronica Blatt

Today’s guest blogger is Nik Rothstein. Mark is the CEO/President of Headcount Management. Besides being an NPAworldwide vendor, speaker and staffing industry advocate, Headcount currently services multiple NPAworldwide clients. Headcount is a leader in back-office solutions designed specifically for staffing agencies.

Headcount makes doing staffing deals (also known as: contract, temp, contingent) simple for NPAworldwide members. Essentially, once candidates are placed, Headcount will professionally onboard, insure and payroll employees. Headcount also invoices clients (with your agency’s branding), accounts for all monies, provides detailed KPI’s and profit reports…and of course, profits. The Back Office, their newest initiative, is the industry’s easiest way for agencies to produce weekly payroll, invoices, and profit reporting via agency insurance and funding.

Since 2008, Headcount has helped staffing firms across all 50 states mitigate liability, reduce costs, and maintain full hiring compliance. Here are some testimonials.

The very best candidates, on average, are off the market in just 10 days.

Employee turnover, low quality of talent, and constantly shrinking pipelines are all making it more challenging than ever to place high-performing candidates in key positions. Read the rest of this entry »

Recruiting in a Fluctuating Hiring Market

by Veronica Blatt

road sign that indicates changes at the next exitToday’s guest blogger is Patti Steen with The Pelsten Group located in Seattle, WA. The Pelsten Group is a recruitment firm that focuses on all levels of positions within healthcare and medical device organizations. The majority of their clients are in the Seattle area but they actively support NPAworldwide across the US. Patti is currently serving on the NPAworldwide Board of Directors.

2023 is starting off with a lot of change! Companies are right sizing, flattening management structures, repositioning in their markets, and limiting hiring. With all this change do we need to look at how we, as recruiters, change to meet the customer’s needs? Will the candidates or strategies for hiring change? Yes, and yes! Read the rest of this entry »

Keeping The Hiring Process Fair For All Candidates

by Veronica Blatt

Today’s guest blogger is Justin Lowe. Justin is the director of global marketing and business development at McQuaig, a global leader in talent management solutions. McQuaig assessments are designed to provide a deeper insight into a candidate’s personality, cognitive, and behavioral attributes. With over 50 years of experience, McQuaig assessments provide a comprehensive view of a candidate and their potential to succeed in a organization while shedding light on the most important areas of employee development. Read the post below for some ideas on how to increase fairness in your hiring process.

Who you choose to bring into your company will shape the way your organization develops. Employees are, after all, the heart of any company so it stands to reason that hiring new ones can be an involved and important process. But not all hiring strategies are created equal and how you structure your approach to talent acquisition might be costing you strong candidates along the way. If your process isn’t fair to all, candidates might slip through the cracks before they even reach you. Next time you need a few new employees, take a moment before you go off to hire and think about the unintentional barriers that may be built into your process. Prioritizing fairness for all job applicants doesn’t just improve your candidate experience, but it can also help you truly find the right person for the right role. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Reducing Hiring Bias is Good for Business

by Veronica Blatt

Today’s guest blogger is Certn, the leader in human risk intelligence solutions, focusing on providing real-time comprehensive background checks and ongoing risk monitoring for employees, contractors and tenants in 200+ countries.

Used by leading employers, staffing firms, property management companies and the gig economy, Certn returns domestic and international criminal background checks, credit reports, reference checks, education verification, employment verification, motor vehicle records, identity verification and more in minutes. Through innovative, friendly, and compliant technology, Certn is advancing trusted connections around the world.

It’s time to reduce bias in your hiring process. Hiring is a key activity within any organization, but it can be riddled with unintentional bias that prevents you from finding the best candidate for the job.

Hiring bias can lead to lost productivity, higher turnover rates, and a less diverse workforce. While more recruiters and hiring managers aim to create a diverse workforce and are always looking at innovative ways to create an inclusive space, bias may still be present during the hiring process. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Ways to Speed Up the Hiring Process

by Liz Carey

Top talent is hard to find. So when you do find it, you don’t want to lose out on the candidate because your hiring process was too long and they moved on to another offer elsewhere. Time/speed is a huge factor when hiring, so if your hiring process drags out for weeks or months — Glassdoor estimated that the average hiring process takes nearly 24 days — it’s time to speed it up.

Candidates have a time window within which they’ll interview as well as make a decision. If you are able to speed up your process and decrease your hiring process time, you’ll compete with fewer companies and fill positions quicker! But it is important to balance speed with ensuring the candidate has a favorable experience throughout the process. Here’s some tips on how to do so: Read the rest of this entry »

5 Tips for Hiring Remote Workers

by Veronica Blatt

As the talent shortage continues, many employers hiring remote workers. As more organizations offer remote or hybrid work options, it’s no longer necessary to have a totally local workforce. Hiring remote workers requires you to rethink your “traditional” hiring process. Here are some tips to help you succeed. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Proven Ways to Speed Up Your Hiring Process

by Dave Nerz

Great candidates are difficult to locate these days. Top talent is receiving multiple offers from employers. Job seekers are in the drivers seat when it comes to salary, work location, vacation and benefits. Fulfilling on the hiring process is tough work. Do yourself a favor and make it a bit easier with these proven methods to improve hiring.

Define the Position Well

OK, position description (PD) creation sounds as exciting as watching paint dry. Done well, it will make your hiring process go more smoothly. For example, how many times have we written in a PD, “Bachelors Degree Required?” Now is the time to challenge this, not when the candidate has been interviewed and we see that an experienced candidate is a few credits short or has adequate work experience but not the right degree. Read the rest of this entry »

What Does a Recruiter Do?

by Veronica Blatt

If you’re a job seeker who has tried unsuccessfully to work with a headhunter, you may find yourself wondering, “What does a recruiter do?” In the simplest terms, I often say that recruiters help companies find employees, they don’t help people find jobs. You may be thinking that’s the same thing, but it’s an important distinction to make because the employer (company) is paying for the recruiter’s services. And ultimately, that means the recruiter is working for the employer. Certainly during the process the recruiter is also talking with various candidates, and if the recruiter is successful, one of those candidates will be hired. But most recruiters, most of the time, are working to fill a specific opening and are only dealing with candidates who are highly qualified for that opening. Read the rest of this entry »

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