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(Editor’s Note: This is the next in a series of guest blog posts about contract staffing, courtesy of Top Echelon Contracting, the recruiter’s back-office solution.  Similar posts will appear in future issues of The Pinnacle Newsletter Blog.)

Debbie FledderjohannYou think you’ve found the perfect candidate for your client’s tough job order.  He passed the phone interview and the following three in-person interviews with flying colors.  He aced all of the skills and assessment tests.  He has all of the qualifications and seems to be a perfect cultural fit.

But while your client deliberates over whether this is really the BEST they can do, your candidate takes another job.

A slow hiring process wears candidates down and ultimately costs you time and money as you start the search process over and over again.  Dragging out a search can also deter candidates before they even apply.  According to citing a Randstad survey, candidates start to think there is something wrong with a job posting if it remains unfilled after 72 days.

Mark Bull, the UK CEO of Randstad, told ERE that the best applicants can often be found early in the process and that employers should have the courage to act quickly.

“If they don’t, they have to be prepared to see that job seeker walk into the arms of a competitor who is willing to move faster,” he said.

You can help make that decision easier for your client by offering to provide that candidate on a contract-to-direct basis. This gives the client the opportunity to “try-before-they-buy” risk-free.  And in the meantime, you prevent losing a quality candidate . . . and the placement fee.


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