Do TE Recruiters’ Clients Move Quickly Enough?

What’s one of the biggest problems that recruiters are facing right now? A lack of quality candidates. What’s another of their biggest problems? Clients that don’t want to move quickly enough to hire those quality candidates even when they’ve been presented!

But how much different are the clients of Top Echelon Network recruiters? Well, we wanted to find out. And how did we find out? By posting yet another question, that’s how. That question, in the form of a Members’ Area poll, was as follows:

What percentage of your clients actually move quickly enough to hire the best candidates?

The choice of answers that we provided is listed below, along with the percentage of Network recruiters that selected each one:

  • 1% to 25% — 29.6%
  • 26% to 50% — 32.7%
  • 51% to 75% — 21.4%
  • 75% to 99% — 12.2%
  • 100% — 1.0%

Clients: whistle a different tune

Let’s start with this fascinating fact:

Only 1% of the Network recruiters participating in this poll indicated that 100% of their clients move quickly enough to hire the best candidates.


Okay, but is that really surprising? Probably not. But still . . . it stings just a bit. Let’s move to the next category. Only 12.2% of poll participants chose “75% to 99%” as their answer. That’s better, but not that much better.

Next: “51% to 75%,” which garnered 21.4% of the vote. Let’s put all of that together, and here’s where we’re at: only 34.6% of recruiters believe that more than half of their clients move quickly enough. Double-ouch.

So what does that tell us? Well, it easily tells us that 65.4% of recruiters in our poll believe that less than half of their clients move quickly enough. (The other not-so-attractive side of the coin.)

To break it down further, about a third of poll participants chose “1% to 25%” and “26% to 50%.” Not exactly a glowing endorsement of their clients’ ability to move quickly in the marketplace, eh?

The bottom line is this: employers are NOT moving quickly enough to hire the best candidates. In fact, it’s not even close. Whatever it is that’s going on in their heads or in their hiring process, it’s not enough to get the job done.

It’s the same old story, same old song and dance. Recruiters just need to get their clients to start whistling a different tune . . . before they’re the ones who lose the game of musical chairs. (Yeah, I’m not sure what that means, either, but you get the gist.)

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