How Companies Hire Employees
How do companies hire employees? Hiring, from the job applicant perspective, includes several steps. From the time you apply for a job until the time you accept a job offer, you will go through a series of steps as you progress through the recruiting and hiring process from completing a job application to coming on board as a new employee.
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.
Once you have applied, applicant tracking systems are used by many employers to process job applications and to 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.
Many companies have an involved interview process starting with screening interviews, followed by in-person interviews, second interviews, and even third interviews. 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.
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.
Whether it's an email or a phone call, reiterating your interest in the position and the company is always a good idea.
You may receive a job offer contingent on a background check and/or a credit check. Or, a background check may be conducted prior to a company offering a job. What the company learns during the background check could result in you not getting a job offer or in the job offer being withdrawn.
Companies are running credit checks on job applicants more often and are 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.
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 get contacted right away, interview almost immediately, and get a job offer quickly. In other cases, the hiring process can be lengthy and time-consuming.