In a perfect world companies would always get the individual they wanted to hire. Unfortunately, all too often things seem to be aligning well for both the candidate and the company and then something goes horribly wrong. BOOM! It was completely unexpected. Organizations have already started envisioning how the “perfect candidate” would fit into the company’s future plans and for various reasons, it didn’t work out. The individual they wanted (the perfect candidate) wasn’t going to be a hire. Back to square one.
There is going to be a lot of heartache in 2016. Companies are going to have to have a “Plan B” because sometimes those ideal hires aren’t going to come to fruition. Whether is is within your control (the offer wasn’t timely enough) or completely out of your control (the job doesn’t meet the candidate’s work life balance needs), things are going to happen.
Simply put. Things happen and candidates have choices. What is funny about this is that most of the time there are signs that something is not going right. Most of you reading this have been in some sort of relationship that went bad. When you were in the relationship did you know at the time that things weren’t going well? Maybe you did and maybe you didn’t? Maybe you refused to see the obvious because you didn’t want to admit things were not going well.
Let’s look at this a little closer. When someone is looking for a job, response time says a lot about the candidate’s interest in the role. If someone returns a recruiter’s call promptly, you know that their priority is you and the opportunity you have to offer. If they don’t, chances are that you are not a priority. People in this day have a really difficult time saying “No” to people. They really have a difficult time saying “no” to people they have worked closely with in the recruiting process.
As a company, our first initial response is typically the right one. The longer I am in recruiting, the more I realize this as the truth. If there are any clues early in the process that any of these things are occurring, then it may be in your best interest to have a “plan B”.It is also very important to not put all of your eggs in one basket. A “plan B” is just smart business. To start the recruiting process completely over after investing time and energy with a candidate is exhausting and frustrating.