Timing is everything in recruitment.
Seven days to take a new role from an initial briefing for a Full Stack Developer role to a new person I had found and introduced to them starting in said vacancy.
Seven days from meeting the client for the first time to all CVs being submitted, interviews completed, tech stack tests completed, contracts exchanged, and signed, to the person starting.
This is a jobs market where at the point I write this article there are over 34,000 Developer jobs advertised in the UK. Believe me when I say finding Developers for new roles is hard, finding developers for new roles in seven days? That’s timing.
So, some of you will now be thinking – This is just good luck timing, and I wouldn’t lie to you, there is always an element of good timing in recruitment. BUT, and I mean there is a BIG BUT in that, it is the work that happens behind the scenes with recruitment that makes ‘timing’ a lot more relevant and ‘right’ as it was on this occasion.
In short, I am clearly saying I create time. Yes, you read currently, I create time. Now I must have you hooked!
Let me explain, using this seven-day placement as an example.
Let me tell you a little more about me, and my approach and view of recruitment. I am a relationships/partnerships focussed person that has a curious mind. Over the period of working with someone new I speak to them a lot, as part of this I develop a relationship with the person. I enjoy it more this way, plus it makes keeping in touch easier, and more comfortable for all parties.
In this example, it became clear quite early on to this person that the new roles they had sourced and taken directly was different to how the business was sold to them during interview. In particular this business was not as successful as first thought. One month after starting this person found themselves last in, first out, and unfortunately, they were being made redundant.
This is where timing becomes everything.
From there the process completed, the offer made, and a start date agreed. All in seven days.
Timing is everything in recruitment, isn’t it? Only if you can control time that is!