Companies can lose good candidates if the hiring process is too lengthy. But busy hiring managers can have trouble fitting interviews and others parts of the process into their schedules. Here’s how you can get them to make those things a priority.
Make sure they understand: Keeping a position vacant for too long can also cost the company a lot of money.
If managers realize that, they’re more likely to give you the time and help you need to get the job done. Here are some things to consider when helping them calculate the cost of a vacancy:
- Lost revenue — For revenue-generating positions (salespeople, for example) it’s easy to calculate the amount an average person in that position will bring in. For other jobs, you calculate the average by dividing the company’s total revenue by the number of employees.
- Problems for the team — Other employees have to pick up extra work, which can cause burnout and low morale — and might cause some of them to quit.
- Strains on managers’ time — Often it’s the managers themselves who have to pick up the slack when the staff’s shorthanded, or at least spend time figuring out ways the staff can get everything done. That takes away from other aspects of management’s job.