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Hurry Up Already…The Importance of a Speedy Hiring Process

Good market or bad market. Candidate market or Employer market. Whatever the market is, a constant is the best candidates will have multiple career options. The speed of a company’s hiring process can make or break their ability to attract and land top talent. As a recruiter, I’ve seen firsthand how an expeditious hiring process benefits both employers and candidates plus can be a competitive edge in today’s hiring market.

The Case for Speed in Hiring

  1. Attracting Top Talent: As mentioned above, the best candidates are often in high demand and receive multiple offers. According to a 2023 survey by CareerBuilder, 66% of candidates said they lose interest in a job if they haven’t heard back within two weeks of an interview. An efficient hiring process ensures that top talent doesn’t slip through the cracks due to prolonged decision-making.
  2. Improving Candidate Experience: The candidate experience is a critical aspect of the hiring process. A lengthy and cumbersome process can lead to frustration and negative perceptions of the company. The Talent Board’s 2023 North American Candidate Experience Research Report found that 80% of candidates who had a positive hiring experience would refer others to the company, even if they didn’t get the job. On the other hand, 60% of candidates with a negative experience would discourage others from applying.
  3. Gaining a Competitive Edge: In a market where skilled workers are scarce, speed can be a significant competitive advantage. The latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (April 2024) shows that the unemployment rate remains low at 3.8%, indicating a tight labor market. Companies that can move quickly to make offers are more likely to secure the best candidates before their competitors do.
  4. Enhancing Employer Brand: Companies known for their efficient hiring processes are often perceived as more organized and desirable places to work. According to LinkedIn’s Global Talent Trends 2023 report, 75% of job seekers consider an employer’s brand before even applying for a job. An expeditious hiring process contributes positively to the overall employer brand, attracting higher-quality applicants.

Tips to speed up the hiring process

  1. Streamline Communication: Ensure clear and timely communication with candidates throughout the hiring process. Quick follow-up email responses and regular updates after interview can keep candidates engaged and informed.
  2. Efficient Interview Scheduling: Utilize scheduling tools to coordinate interviews quickly and reduce delays caused by conflicting schedules.
  3. Empower Decision-Makers: Give hiring managers the authority to make swift decisions and provide them with the necessary tools and information to do so.
  4. Predefined Hiring Timelines: This can not be overstated enough. Condense the amount of time between 1st interviews and 2nd interviews and so on. Don’t just schedule 1st interviews and wing the rest. Map out the entire interview process and stick to the timeline. This ensures that all stakeholders are aligned and that the process moves forward without unnecessary delays.


In today’s fast-paced job market, an expeditious hiring process is not just a nice-to-have; it’s a must have. By moving quickly and efficiently, companies can attract and secure top talent, reduce costs, improve the candidate experience, and gain a competitive edge on the companies that don’t adapt their process.