We had the unfortunate situation come up this week in which a client really liked a candidate for a position but because of a delay in the timing of communicating this to the candidate, the candidate accepted another opportunity. Ugh! A good one got away!
This reminds me of a time last summer when my then 9-year-old son was fishing in a local pond. He may or may not have been convinced that he would ever catch a fish, so he didn’t really plan on “next steps” in the event that this actually occurred! Well, as luck would have it a fish did bite and it was a big one; but because he did not plan in advance, he did not know what to do once it actually took the bait. It got away. He didn’t act swiftly enough to actually catch the fish and reap the benefits of such a feat! This was very disheartening for him as you can imagine.
The same was true for the client/candidate situation mentioned above. Unfortunately, timing is everything and not being able to respond swiftly when you find a candidate who matches what you are targeting often times leads to losing them to another company. It is very disheartening for a hiring manager to think they might have a position filled only to find out that by waiting or even just hesitating that candidate moves on to another opportunity.
All of the candidate screening processes in the world will not guarantee a good hire for a particular position within your organization unless you have put into your organizational planning the action steps needed in the event that you find the right candidate for the job. In addition to identifying when a new hire is necessary and taking the steps to effectively screen candidates for the position you should also include in your best hiring practices a plan to actually move a candidate through the selection process quickly!
With real estate the old adage is location, location, location. With hiring the adage may just be “timing is everything” – especially if you want to avoid letting one get away!