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Whether you are working in internal our outside recruiting, when there are too many candidates something is wrong.  The problem is that the job specs are off.  They are either interpreted and written incorrectly or given incorrectly.

Too many candidates is an enormous time waster and has a numbing effect.  Great candidates can be lost in the process.  Many times great candidates are left without being reviewed if there are too many.  Filling a job is not necessarily recruiting and not all jobs require recruiting.  Recruiting kicks in when the effort is made to expand reach and find candidates.  When done correctly, recruiting expands reach and funnels appropriate candidates to the hiring manager.  When there are too many, the sites are too wide and the position either does not require recruiting or the screening criteria need to be tightened.

Good communication between all involved is the key to writing and adjusting specs that will expand reach to find appropriate candidates.

Todd Kmiec 

Todd Kmiec and Associates

todd@toddkmiec.com 

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Comment by Christopher Poreda on January 30, 2012 at 12:28pm

Todd: Fantastic Post!  Couldn't agree more.  I work for a job board ultimatejobboard and we spent years developing amazing search and filtering tools.  One of the things that clients resist most is entering a salary range and other details.  I get database building but then don't complain when your inbox is full with "unqualified" candidates.  The more detail you put, the better.  Job seekers don't want to waste their time either.

Comment by Suzanne Levison on January 30, 2012 at 3:48pm

There are other reasons, at times, why too many candidates exist, however, your point is among the top 5. And, there are many reasons for recruiting to be important. Sometimes, for example, a confidential replacement.

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