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Hiring Survey Says It Takes Over a Month to Fill Key Roles

If your professional duties include recruiting in addition to payroll, this may come as no surprise: record low unemployment rates are indicative of the U.S. economy and point to an ever-tightening hiring environment.

A new survey commissioned by Robert Half Finance & Accounting reveals how challenging it is to fill professional positions and how long the hiring process can take these days.

The survey polled more than 1,100 CFOs at U.S. companies with 20 or more employees. An outstanding 93% of respondents stressed the difficulty of attracting skilled talent in today’s market – which means filling positions can often take longer than a month for staff-level openings and more than five weeks for management.

This infographic shows survey details at a glance. 

What Can You Do to Streamline the Process?

The tight job market is expected to continue, which is great news for the U.S. economy, but an ongoing dilemma for HR professionals. Competition for top candidates is strong. Here are some tips for you:
• Post pre-interview questions - Post optional pre-interview questions for applicants to answer in written, multiple choice, video or audio format for candidates to fill out for easy review.
• Identify top candidates - Schedule interviews with top candidates. Take and share notes from interviews with other employees.
• Consolidate interviews - Coordinate schedules with internal interviewers. If you need to bring back the candidate for a second round, aim to do so the next day.
• Keep track of resumes - Keep track of every resume and job application your company receives for future availability. 

If any of these tips are areas in which your company needs help with, consider checking out BenefitMall’s hmTalentFocus. Finding and hiring the right talent at the right time just became easier. 

Resources
2019 Employment Trends: The Demand for Skilled Talent from Robert Half
Hiring Success Requires These 3 Things from the Society for Human Resources Management


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