The Hiring Process

As you review the job search process from your perspective, it is also important to understand the hiring process from an employer perspective. Following is the basic flow for most employers:

  • Develop workforce plan
  • Current staff
  • Attrition (voluntary and involuntary)
  • Planned growth or contraction targets
  • Financial plan targets
  • Workforce required to meet financial and growth targets
  • Hiring required to meet financial and growth targets
  • Experienced hires
  • Entry level hires
  • Develop hiring plan
  • Candidate sourcing
  • On-campus recruiting
  • Internet job sites
  • Employee referrals
  • Job fairs
  • Newspaper/other advertising
  • Direct sourcing
  • Third party recruiting
  • Candidate screening
  • Job fairs
  • Phone interviews
  • In person interviews
  • On-campus interviews
  • Company site interviews
  • Post interview
  • Gather interviewer feedback
  • Decision
  • Offer
  • Background check
  • Extend offer
  • Offer acceptance confirmation
  • Onboarding
  • Required logistics (work location, badge, employment and tax forms, equipment assignment, etc.)
  • Performance planning
  • Learning and development planning

While the hiring process is different from your job search process, you need to understand where you fit into the employer's process. So start at the beginning to build a firm career foundation.