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Now, you might think that this is the recruiter’s version of Christmas cards in the shops in August but most standard recruitment processes have a 12 week lead time. Whether you want to handle the process yourself or utilise the services of a recruitment agency, you need to start now if you’re hoping to have somebody in post for January.
While we often get “we need somebody as of yesterday” requests, the reality is that you don’t want to rush finding the right person. A good recruiter will run a full talent attraction campaign to ensure you get the best choice of suitable candidates available in the market - not just check their existing database.
Here’s a quick outline of the things you need to do (or give your recruiter time to do) over the three month period:
Weeks 1 - 2 - finalise full job description and person specific
- run a comprehensive advertising campaign
- sift initial responses
Weeks 2 - 4 - long list of potential candidates
- telephone screen
- start 1st interview process
Weeks 3 - 6 - complete 1st interviews
- send decline letters/emails to ALL unsuccessful applicants
- arrange 2nd interviews
Weeks 5 - 7 - complete 2nd interviews
Weeks 7 - 8 - make offer
- send formal letter and contract out
- confirm notice served
Weeks 8 -12 - standard notice period
- maintain informal contact
As with any ‘norm’ there may be exceptions to the rule. You may find some vacancies are filled more quickly or that you have candidates available to start immediately. Be prepared for specialist positions to take much longer in some circumstances.
So, if you want to hire in the first quarter of 2017, you need to start thinking about it now. While you’re at it, you might want to pop the Brussel sprouts on…