Thursday, 5 March 2009

The waiting game...

Ok, we all know that with current market forces being what they are, employers are in the driving seat if they have design and marketing vacancies to fill. But while they have a much expanded candidate base to choose from and the luxury of more time to pick and choose who they would like to see, it’s worth pointing out that this can, in certain circumstances, work against them when a final choice is made.

What do I mean by this? Well, candidates who are in the unfortunate position of being made redundant or whose job is under threat and have been for that first, second or even third interview are willing to be patient for a decision to be made – but for only so long. Employers who find a candidate they really like but who then decide to carry on interviewing ad infinitum ‘just to be sure’ can find that when they eventually come back to their favourite candidate, that person has got fed up and no matter how desperate they are for a job are put off by a delay in being chosen. It sends the wrong message about the company out to other potential candidates too, who may feel that this ‘prolonged procrastination’ is endemic in the way the company treats it’s staff generally.

So although it’s generally thought to be a buyer’s market, once the right person is seen, try to tie up interviews as quickly as possible and make a decision within a reasonably short time afterwards. After all, you might be waiting a lot longer for the right person to come round again.

Carl Whitehouse

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