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Why is hiring painful? Part 1 of 4 (updated)

How many bad hires did you make last year? If you answered more than 0, it cost you too much and required too much of your time. We created eHire to combat that very issue.

But who can help it in our current way of hiring? I’ve watched the hiring paradigm change over my 30+ years in business. We’ve gone from time-consuming, labor-intensive cover letters and resumes printed on textured, ecru 20-pound paper to… what exactly? Something you click while eating a peanut butter sandwich?

“Click here to apply” had created havoc for hiring managers everywhere, but especially for companies who don’t have a large department dedicated to filling open roles in their 3-5000 employee population. Or if they have dedicated resources, they’d prefer to put them elsewhere and streamline the process.

Before the pandemic, job applicants, for a typical open role, had increased by 112% in the previous 7 years. It was so easy to “click here and apply” that the applicants come flooding in, whether qualified or not.

My how things have changed since 2020. Most companies see considerably fewer applicants than desired, and many are still not qualified.

I used to tell my wife I wanted to be that guy who gave that other gal or guy a break, but there were just too many resumes to review… too many phone screens to perform (and schedule!), and too little time to do our day job. That was before Covid.

Now, there are too few applicants, in most cases. The smaller applicant pool creates new challenges. First, the pressure to “just fill the position with a warm body”. Bad idea. A poor hire will end up costing way more than waiting for the right hire. The other problem…. without a large pool of candidates, the odds of finding a good fit are lower. We know resumes and phone screens are not a good predictor of success in a job.

There must be a better way. We created eHire Solutions to provide companies with an easy way to screen and evaluate applicants. eHire provides a single platform to capture an applicant’s information and resume, determine whether they meet minimum requirements, conduct an assessment, and capture a video interview. We can help you change the way you hire. Please see Part 2 of this 4 part series next week or click to learn more about eHire.

Happy Hiring

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