Hiring Managers Who Do Not Interview Candidates Over Christmas Miss Out on The Best Candidates

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Your company has completed its budgeting for the coming year – and you know what staff you need to hire in January, why wait to interview and hire in January?

The days between the week before Thanksgiving and December 31 are the BEST time to recruit Candidates, interview them, and extend an offer in December with an early January start date.

As a leading Talent Attraction Consultant, many of my clients followed my counsel and found their best candidates of the year during this time. Why? Because most of the corporate competition was focused on everything else except recruiting.

For example, one of my clients was located in Germantown, Maryland in the 1980s. In mid-December, the IT Director told me that he needed to hire a CICS Systems Programmer. He previously hired several Systems Programmers that I introduced – and they were still on staff. I knew the company and the culture.

I found a woman CICS Systems Programmer who had excellent skills. She lived in Baltimore and planned to drive to Blacksburg, VA on Christmas Eve morning. I spoke with the IT Director and asked him if he would want to interview her on Christmas Eve morning as she was driving past Germantown. He was excited to do so!

She was a little hesitant to stop and interview. We chatted about the organization and the staff. She decided, “What the Heck!”

The Director and I had previously spoken about her compensation requirements. He called me after her successful interview. He said, “We had a great interview. I invited her to our staff potluck lunch, and suggested that this way, she would not have to stop along the Interstate to eat.” She accepted his invitation. While she was eating, he polled his Managers. It was unanimous, Extend her an offer! When she was finished, the IT Director invited her into his office where he extended her an offer.

On Christmas Day, in the evening, she called me and said she had a Christmas present for me! She accepted my client’s offer. She was excited to start with them and called her current employer the day after Christmas to give her 2 weeks’ notice.

What is your best reason to interview and hire during December? This is the time that many organizations slow their pace (except retail). The Top Candidates are happy to interview during this time because taking a few hours off is easy.

The Top Managers are excited that they completed their interviews and selection in December. The early January start means they may focus on working the New Year instead of going through the headaches of recruiting when everyone else is.

Since that time, many of the people I recruited interviewed from Thanksgiving to Christmas, accepted an offer – and started in early January. Would you not agree that it is always best to jump ahead of your competition?

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