THIS is How Urgent Companies Are About Hiring

We recently conducted a poll of Top Echelon Network recruiters by posting a question in the Members’ Area.

That question was as follows:

On a scale of 1 to 5 (with 5 being the highest), how would you assess your clients’ urgency to hire?


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

  • 1 — 6.3%
  • 2 — 23.2%
  • 3 — 43.7%
  • 4 — 20.4%
  • 5— 6.3%


As might be expected, the percentage of recruiters who rated their clients a “1” or a “5,” the extremes of the spectrum, were the same (6.3%).

That was also the case for those recruiters who rated their clients either a “2” (23.2%) or a “4” (20.4%).

That, of course, leaves the rating of “3.”  That rating was the most popular one among those recruiters participating in the poll at 43.7%.

So does this mean that the poll results are naturally following the law of averages . . . or is it only a coincidence that the results fell into such neat categories?


Ascertaining how urgent companies are about hiring is no easy task.  However, some conclusions can be drawn from the results of this poll:

  • By and large, companies DO have a sense of urgency about hiring.  The combined percentage of recruiters who answered “3,” “4,” or “5” was 70.4%.
  • However, their sense of urgency regarding filling open positions can’t be considered “red hot,” at least not at this point.  This may be more an indictment of The Great Recession than anything else, since that experience has made hiring managers overly cautious about hiring.
  • If this level of urgency remains constant throughout the rest of the year—or becomes even greater—then recruiters should enjoy a stellar second half of 2015!

How about you and your clients?  How much urgency are they showing?

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