How Companies Hire Employees
How do companies hire employees? Hiring, from the job applicant perspective, includes several stages. From the time you apply for a job until the moment you accept a job offer, you will progress through a series of steps in the recruiting and hiring process.
The first step in the hiring process is, of course, to apply for jobs and to get your application into contention for the jobs you are interested in.
Depending on the organization and the job, you may apply online, email a resume and cover letter, or apply in-person.
Applicant Tracking Systems
Once your application is submitted, many employers will use applicant tracking systems to process job applications and manage the hiring process.
Applicant tracking systems provide an automated way for companies to manage the entire recruiting process, from receiving applications to hiring employees. These computer systems also screen applications to help employers determine which applicants they will interview for a job.
If you are applying to a job online, it's very likely that the company is using an applicant tracking system. To give yourself the best chance, it's a good idea to use keywords in your resume.
Here's information on each step in the interview process, along with advice on the best way to handle each type of interview as you progress up the interview ladder towards a job offer.
Interview Follow Up
Even though it may seem like a lot of work, especially when you have gone to multiple interviews, it's important to follow up after each step in the interview process. In fact, the most important thing you can do is to follow up and reiterate your interest in the position and to thank the interviewer for taking the time to meet with you.
Companies are running credit checks on job applicants more often and then using that credit information as part of the process when making hiring decisions. An employment credit report includes identifying information, including name, address, previous addresses, and social security number.
At some point during your job search, a potential employer will request references. Typically, it will be when the company is seriously interested in you as a potential hire.
It's important to be prepared to provide a list of employment references who can attest to the skills and qualifications that you have for the job you are applying for. Always ask your references before including them on a list.
The Length of the Hiring Process
How long does the hiring process last? How much does time does it take from when you apply to when you (hopefully) get a job offer or find out you won't get the job?
It varies. You may be contacted right away, interview almost immediately, and get a job offer quickly. In other cases, the hiring process can be lengthy and time-consuming.