February 14, 2023

You don’t have to cut corners in hiring right now


Partner at Hirewell. #3 Ranked Sarcastic Commenter on LinkedIn.

2021 How I Miss Thee

There’s value in companies having time to articulate their value. Just like there’s value in job seekers having time to think through their career decisions.

Sounds like a couple of “no sh*t” statements. But remember 2021?

All that ‘Great Resignation’ nonsense.

That era’s narrative around hiring: You had to move as fast as possible. Everyone’s getting multiple offers. Big increases were common. A job seekers market for sure.

Combining interview steps (or skip them entirely) was the norm. If we’re being honest, lots of places cut corners. 

What’d we learn? Bad hires were made. Bad offers were accepted. And those stories about Boomerang Hires and Quiet Quitting and the like.

I’ll never advocate moving ungodly slow in an interview process. Still a top 4 issue why companies struggle to hire right behind “low pay,” “the job sucks,” and “can’t sell the job even when it’s good.”

Come to think of it, it’s hand in hand with that last point. You can’t articulate your value when everything’s a sprint. Even if you feel you’ve done your evaluation correctly, has the job seeker been able to do theirs?

Right person right seat works both ways. No one wants to join a company and realize it isn’t what they expected.

There’s a lot of reasons to not like the office dork hiring market right now. (Well, maybe just one. The lack of volume.)

But for those companies participating, it’s a Three-Bears-Just-Right situation. You can move just fast enough that job seekers don’t write you off as indecisive.

And just slow enough you can articulate your value and make good decisions.

Partner at Hirewell. #3 Ranked Sarcastic Commenter on LinkedIn.

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