Posted January 12, 2012 by

Time to Hire of 105 Days Better Than 135, But Fed Govt Should Still Be Ashamed

Mark Mehler and Gerry Crispin of CareerXroadsBy Mark Mehler and Gerry Crispin

Bill Leonard’s recent HR Magazine article, Wanted: Shorter Time to Hire, was an eye-opening update on the May 2010 executive memorandum directing the US Office of Personnel Management (and other Federal agencies) to reform their hiring process. The original memo called the candidate experience into question with meaningless, subjective essays and an average 135 days time-to-hire (never defined) being singled out.

To put the challenge into perspective Bill’s article notes that each year the federal government receives 21 million applications to fill 350,000 openings (that add to, replace or support 2.1 million Federal employees).

The good news is the essays are gone and the time-to-hire has dropped to 105 days. The bad news is the replacement tests are one-way and un-proctored. One of the government’s consultants had the hubris to claim that now the Government has helpful lessons for the private sector because they are experts on high volume recruiting.

Really? If those lessons include suggestions like getting rid of essays and building requisitions- based pipelines that last 100 days, we probably don’t need to go back to the future. 100 days time-to-fill on average would drive most firms out of business.

— Gerry Crispin and Mark Mehler work full time consulting, educating and discovering how talent and opportunity connect through emerging technology. They can be reached via email at mmc@careerxroads.com, phone at 732-821-6652, or on-line at http://www.careerxroads.com.

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