I got a huge question and this I am sure will have a great deal of opinions, however we are a systems integrator for the federal government and recruit IT people for DOD/DOE sites and bases. We focus on the SE US however are gaining contracts in Ohio and the Midwest.
I am interested in your opinion as opening another office is no small venture, however will it increase our recruiting capacity for projects won if we were closer to the base we are serving?
Thanks for the feedback!!
We have a strict proccess that we utilize for every search, which includes phone interviews in addition to an in person or green (skype) interview.
That is an interesting question, is face-to-face interviewing needed. I do international retained searches, so it would take a great deal of my time and expense for my clients for me to travel, so I have a series of phone interview test I use along with video conferencing. Every major city in the world had a video conference center, or at least an internet cafe. So you can do personal interviews anywhere without being there, or at least reduce the number you have to see in person. I hope this helps.
Jason, I thnik a lot of the comments here were geared towards- would a recruiting company need to open up an office near to your new project locations.
Since your company is a System Integrator and you are hiring directly for your organization, I would suggest a face-to-face interview as part of the process. The market for SI-ers is extremely hot right now with everyone hiring, including many of the big names. I would imagine you would find it difficult to hire someone who also had offers from IBM, Accenture, etc. if they never even met anyone from your company.
As to if you should open a local office or just fly canddiates out to meet you for a final interview as most of the big names do, that depends which would be most cost-efficient and effective.
Cody - thanks and yes that is an important factor to consider. Our major focus is on how to ensure that we do not lose candidates in the local areas of the bases we support just since we do not have a physical presence. With the amount of people, opening an office would probably be the most cost effective.
Sandra - your suite arrangement could be the perfect answer given the need. The need is urgent for sometime when placing the team together but once work begins, it is all done onsite with little need for a formal office by the vendor. We will investigate that, thanks for the idea.
Regus has a great office program and you can use conference centers in any city they have an office. I have used them many times.
Jason- Great points. I agree that adding additional hoops for candidates to jump through can not only slow down the process, but can cause us recruiters to lose out on quality candidates. But we have found that typically candidates don't mind answering a few interview questions online. Here's how I use questionnaires on my desk:
While these things do add an additional step in the hiring process, we have found them to definitely be a net benefit. And it only takes candidates a few minutes. Hope this helps, Jason!
Jason Monastra said:
Ty - How do candidates feel about using a questionnaire like ZuZu? I was not aware of that service, looked at it and it appears to have a great deal of potential benefit. But when looking for people, do you find that some people do not follow through with the process and you might be missing out on the best fits? I look at the job search process as a whole, from posting resumes, people being sent questionnaires, etc. and wonder if the person that picks up the phone and actually calls does not have a better advantage over a recruiter who might have it all simply automated. Thoughts?