Why Your Interview Process May Be Losing Top Talent

Finding top talent these days can be an arduous task, one which has many recruiters scratching their heads in frustration. From the mountains of resumes pouring in from online sources to the inundation of unsolicited social media invitations, hiring top talent has become more difficult than ever. Finding the right candidate is one thing, but bringing them through the interview process and hiring them is quite another. For too many companies, the interview process itself may be losing top talent.

According to the US Labor Department, nearly 4.8 million Americans have been out of work for 27 weeks or more, three times as many as in late 2007. The typical unemployed worker has been jobless for an average of 38 weeks, compared with just 17 weeks before the recession. With the job market obstinately tight, recruiters are challenged to find the right candidate amongst the overabundance of the unemployed. Once the ideal candidate has been identified, the process of interviewing and hiring that individual may inadvertently turn them away. Continue reading

10 Hiring Mistakes Start-ups Should Avoid

The incubator and start-up scene is thriving in a number of cities, including Denver, where our newest office is located. The EdgeLink clientele is comprised of a varying profile of company types spanning F500, SMB, and new start-up organizations. Because our experience is deep across all company profiles, we’ve been able to advise corporations on how to optimize hiring practices in order to find, acquire and retain top IT talent in a highly competitive marketplace. Incorporating all of these elements into a successful human capital life cycle is a very difficult and complex undertaking.

Recently, John Kingdeski of our Denver office, showcased his hiring process thought leadership to a group of RVC members. His presentation centered around 10 common mistakes that start-ups can avoid when hiring their start-up teams; specifically IT talent. Continue reading

Part 2: Hiring in a Tight Market- Why You Should Move Quickly

Hiring fast in a tight market

Last week, I discussed the challenge of hiring in a tight market and why waiting to make a decision may be the right strategy. However, there are always opposing sides of each argument, and in this case, we see that there are also very compelling reasons to move quickly in a tight market, when the right candidate surfaces.

As in every case, it’s very important to remain selective and to stick to your guns when looking to retain top talent. However, there is a point at which a decision should be made, and pulling the trigger at the right time may avoid a number of unforeseen downstream obstacles. Continue reading

Part 1: Is Being More Selective When Hiring in a Tight Market the Right Answer?

Being More Selective when HiringThe market for technical talent is thinning. We are witnessing highly skilled resources becoming  scarce across all areas of the technology spectrum. However, what we are seeing is that there are also slowing trends in hiring as the demand continues to grow. So, what is the right answer: be more selective or make quicker decisions?  We’ll speak to this topic in two articles, addressing both sides of the argument.

Here are a few of the reasons why it makes sense to be more selective in a tight market. Continue reading