As one of Harrisonburg’s leading staffing agencies, Adams & Garth knows that finding the right people to hire is a time-consuming task, even if everything goes smoothly. But if you’re regularly dealing with no-shows and cancellations, it can certainly add to your work, not to mention make the process more expensive. Before you get too stressed, though, there are some steps you can take to minimize the chances of these things happening and make your interview process more productive. Here’s a look at 5 of them:
1. Schedule interviews with those who are truly qualified.
When you’re interviewing out of desperation or because you need to fill an empty seat in a hurry, you’re not going to have the time to source and recruit quality applicants. This can then impact the pace of your hiring process when unqualified individuals back out at the last minute or don’t show up. It’s better to invest more time into attracting those who are truly right for the job and enthusiastic about interviewing with your company. You’ll see a higher caliber candidate and won’t have to worry about cancellations and no-show issues as much.
2. Talk about expectations.
Applicants are likely interviewing for many different positions. So when you schedule interviews, ask each candidate to let you know if they accept an offer elsewhere within a timely manner. That way, you can cancel the interview as soon as you know rather than having to deal with a same-day cancellation or a no-show.
3. Make interviewing easy and convenient.
Another way to offset issues with cancellations and no-shows is to conduct phone screens first. These will take less time for the applicant and they can interview right in their own homes. In addition, you can truly gauge their interest in the position and gain a better sense of whether they’re the right fit, all without spending as much time and effort as an in-person interview. Then simply bring in the more serious candidates for face-to-face interviews.
4. Send follow up emails before each interview.
Before the scheduled interview date, send a reminder email about the time and location of the interview, as well as any important documents the applicant should bring with them. Also let them know to contact you as soon as possible should they need to cancel or re-schedule for any reason. Instead of sending emails, you can also send reminder texts if you think that would be more convenient for your applicants.
5. Look on the bright side.
If you have a candidate who fails to show up and doesn’t contact you with a reason, then you likely dodged a bullet. If that’s how they’re going to treat an interview, imagine what they’d be like once on the job?
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As one of Harrisonburg’s leading staffing agencies, our goal at Adams & Garth is to make hiring simpler and more efficient. We can handle many aspects of the hiring process faster, from sourcing candidates to screening, interviewing, background checks, and more. If you’d like expert assistance with your hiring and staffing function, simply contact us today to learn more.