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Are Construction Companies Focused on Quality of Hire?

Posted on Wednesday, March 25th, 2015 at 1:51 am    

Recruiting Managers in construction companies are facing a difficult time in attracting quality hires as they are starting to pick up more and more business.. Construction activity has increased dramatically in North America in 2014 and 2015 and highly skilled candidates are required to manage these projects. Construction recruiting firms bridge the gap between construction companies and candidates.

Construction executive recruiters make sure that they find the right qualified person for a specific job opening in a specific location as well as making sure the candidate is a good fit for the culture of the organization. This means such companies must find the best candidates for the for their project needs. The obvious question that arises is the “cost of hire” to reach and hire such highly qualified candidates. Many companies try to do the hiring function themselves to keep the cost within their budget. Having no plan-of-action they end up hiring low quality candidates who are unable to perform and may leave the company after a short stint. According to leaders in the hiring industry “quality is paramount over cost”. Focusing primarily on cost leads to a lower quality of candidate and hence lower quality of hire as well. One way of preserving quality of hire is performing a reference check before and after recruitment. Another method is to check the academic background, quality of industry knowledge and quality of prior experience during the hiring process. Including assessment programs can greatly help to improve recruitment quality as well. Such programs help to reveal performance and personality traits that otherwise go unnoticed and may lead to poor decision making.

Construction executive search firms have strong networks within the industry and hiring managers who have a strong database of highly qualified and experienced candidates are able to complete the hiring process more quickly, hence lowering the cost per hire. They also have pre-planned assessment programs that enable them to choose the right candidate from the available talent for a particular job opening. Poor recruitment not only means spending money on a low performer but it also affects the overall team performance and ultimately client services Although it’s important to keep a check on costs it should not come at the expense of quality of hire.