Any employer that has gotten stuck in a rut during the hiring process knows the frustration that goes along with it.
It may be beneficial for companies to start thinking creatively and even start coloring outside the lines a bit, according to the results of a recent CareerBuilder survey, which found that organizations may be too narrow-minded when searching for the right candidate.
According to United Press International, the survey's results showed 47 percent of respondents exclusively hire candidates that have previously held the same job title they're interviewing for. Brent Rasmussen, president of CareerBuilder North America, stated that this may be one of the problems in the hiring process.
"Nearly three-in-ten employers currently have open positions for which they can't find qualified candidates," he stated.
Rasmussen added that both employees and employers can become frustrated with the process when it doesn't go their way. For example, a candidate could narrowly miss out on a potential job because of a few lacking characteristics. Conversely, employers may get frustrated when they try to find the right hire, but can't seem to locate the best talent. To remedy this situation, CareerBuilder stated it may be best to start going after "alternative talent pools."
Compounding this issue, employers are spending more time on the hiring process, as evidenced by the January 2013 issue of The Quarterly Journal of Economics. The publication noted the average time it takes to fill a position increased to 23 days in December 2012, compared to 15.4 days in July 2009.
According to the news source, Rasmussen provided several examples that show how companies can benefit from a little outside-of-the-box thinking. Staffing firms can help companies expand their hiring options and dip into different talent pools.
Perhaps a company needs an electrical engineering technician – this position could be filled by a candidate with experience in handling audio and video equipment, has performed repairs to cameras and related equipment or even a computer user support specialist.
While it may not be a fool-proof plan, such examples illustrate this concept of thinking outside the box when it comes to hiring.
Companies of all sizes can run into hiring problems, but it appears small businesses may be having the most trouble. A separate UPI article discusses a recent Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index reading, which found 53 percent of these companies have struggled to fill open positions. Another 24 percent said the difficult hiring process has stagnated business growth.