I’ve been in Recruiting now for 20 years! Can you believe it?! That I started recruiting at 10 years old…
The other day I was thinking about how the word ‘Fast’ takes on many different definitions when you talk to various hiring managers, or in my case, various hiring managers at various companies. When most people think of the word ‘Fast’ in the world, I assume they are thinking about timing – quick timing, short timing, etc. In the recruiting world when a hiring manager tells you – “We need to fill this position ‘Fast’!” 99.9% of recruiters will feel that means if I find the a good candidate – that manager will move right away to interview, offer and fill the position. Not so ‘fast’ my friends!
When I hear ‘fast’ come out of a hiring managers mouth I get excited! Finally! A hiring manager who wants to move – a go-getter – a doer – I’m closing this puppy by the end of the week! In my mind I start to calculate how ‘fast’ we can actually fill this position. It’s Monday – I can find a candidate by Tuesday, Interview on Wednesday, offer on Thursday – it’s not out of the realm of possibility that the candidate can start on Monday! That’s like hitting for the cycle in Recruiting! A one week recruiting process – now that’s ‘fast’!
Here’s how Webster defines ‘Fast’: