All in the timing: Hays

Employers are being forced to act quickly in order to attract and retain the best candidates for jobs in the mining industry.

Employers are being forced to act quickly in order to attract and retain the best candidates for jobs in the mining industry.

According to Hays Resources and Mining regional director Simon Winfield, candidate shortages are still very evident in many sectors, such as resources & mining, and job seekers are forced to be prepared for a swift response.

“Solid candidates in skills-short areas often receive an employment offer within 48 hours of an interview, although it is not uncommon for candidates with a very strong skill base and experience ideally suited to a vacancy to be offered a role less than 24 hours after interview,” Winfield said.

“Traditionally, a week would easily pass between an interview and an offer. However today if one company’s recruitment process is protracted, they risk losing the candidate to competitors with a faster and more efficient recruitment process. So it has become imperative for hiring managers to act quickly and decisively.

“It is no surprise that organisations with an efficient recruitment process are the winners in the current market. The recruitment process should last no longer than two interviews – one with the direct line manager followed by a second interview with senior management. However some organisations will hold one interview, calling senior management into the interview if the line manager is impressed, and will offer the candidate pending successful testing if it’s required,” he said.

According to Winfield, it is not unusual for employers in the mining industry to conduct interviews on a Friday and then come into work on a Saturday or Sunday to finalise the offer so that it can be presented to the ideal candidate first thing Monday morning.

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