In recent years, the employment hiring process has seen a few slight changes that may delay your start date. Sense 2008, following the employment recession, employers have become increasingly more selective in their application and employee selection process.
It is not uncommon today to go through several interviews, after an initial pre-screening discussion has taken place. Usually, a telephone conversation to determine your continued interest in perusing the job opening, and determining if you are still actively seeking the employment opportunity you applied for.
Simply because employers are often taking more time to review applications and submitted resumes, in addition to receiving even more applicants for even one opening. It is not uncommon for an employer to receive dozens or even hundreds of applications for a few openings, and this influx of potential candidates has increased an employer’s workload, and slowed down the hiring process.
In addition to this slowdown, employers are taking more time to interview candidates, sometimes 2 or even 3 formal interviews, using tools like Skype or Video conferencing to interact and ask questions with job candidates. Flying out to an employer’s location for a formal interview is becoming less random and is now seems to be only offered to a select group of final job candidates.
It’s simply a time and cost factor, and given the ability for employers to use technology such as Skype video to just about anyone’s smart phone, tablet, or laptop computer, helps streamline the selection process.
Yet this is only one avenue that we have seen in slowing down the hiring process and getting you to that elusive start date. Many employers are increasingly using outside companies to screen a candidates background and verify references. In addition, there also maybe a drug and alcohol screening required by the potential employer, which can add to this timeline, and may delay your start date
Not to say the results may reveal anything, though it is just another outside influence an employer will be required to wait on getting back the results before they can move forward.
More recently, we have also seen a slight increase in select states around the United States, requiring even out of state candidates to not only provide valid documentation verifying their legal status to work in this country… we have also seen employers who require your identification to be validated by a notary republic, who will view, verify, and sign off on your identifications validating your US citizenship or authorization to work within the United States. Again, this additional layer, especially for those candidates who are out of state or at a greater distance to an employer, they require this validation of information to be done remotely. All can lead up to a delay in your hiring processing and that elusive start date!
So plan accordingly and recognize that even though you’ve begun the interview process or even been offered and accepted a position, your start date is dependent on a number of outside influences and it could be several weeks even after you accept your new job offer.