One of the most important aspects of executive search in Toronto is the hiring process. If your hiring process is not yielding good hires and people you can count on, then it could be broken. You can’t afford to continuously make hiring mistakes at the executive level. It’s essential for you to take action and make changes to your recruiting process. 

Is your hiring process broken? It could be if you are experiencing the following:

executive search toronto signs your hiring process might be broken


1. Candidates drop out of the hiring process

One of the top signs that your hiring process is broken is having candidates drop out in the later stages of the hiring process. When this happens, it’s a sign that you are taking too long to make a hiring decision. If your process is too long, or you fail to stay in constant communication with candidates, they could assume you are no longer interested. It also gives time for other companies to swoop in and make an offer. People also drop out if you have too many interviews or have too complicated of a hiring process. 

The fortunate thing about this is you can fix it by reviewing your overall process and identifying ways to speed up the process. 

2. High turnover rates 

The goal of hiring is to find the best candidate possible for the position available. If employees are leaving shortly after being hired, it may be a sign that the hiring process is not identifying the right candidates for the job.

If you are having issues keeping people, you need to review how you assess candidates. 

  • What criteria do you use?
  • Who is involved in the hiring decisions? 
  • What type of questions are you asking? 
  • What qualifications and skills do you expect from candidates?

3. Low employee engagement and productivity

All new employees require a ramping-up period. But after this period, with proper training and guidance, they should get up to speed and meet productivity requirements.

If employees are disengaged and unproductive, it can be a sign that the hiring process did not identify candidates who fit the company’s culture and values. Again, this requires a review of the criteria you are using to assess candidates during the hiring process. 

If you are looking for ways to improve your hiring process, speak with our executive recruitment team. We can help you find the best candidates for your organization. 


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Peter Zukow

Peter is a Partner at IQ PARTNERS, leading our strategic growth & geographic expansion. As an executive search leader he is a trusted advisor to clients, colleagues, and business partners. As a business leader he thrives on challenge, inspires those around him to achieve their full potential, and has led many high performing teams to success.

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