As the year draws to a close many companies will undoubtedly decide to put some of their plans on hold until January. After all, what better time to begin a brand new project than at the beginning of a brand new year?
Although it might seem like it, the world doesn’t stop for Christmas and restart on the first Monday in January. By writing off an entire month from the calendar you could be missing out on a lot of fantastic opportunities, particularly when it comes to recruiting your ideal candidate.
At Austin Benn we highly recommend that you kick start your recruitment strategy in December or even earlier rather than holding off until after the festivities. This allows you to snap up the best talent while everyone else is preoccupied with mulled wine, mince pies and next year’s budget. This period during the run up to the Christmas holiday is the perfect time to engage and interview good candidates before the recruitment merry-go-round begins in January and February.
These days the average time it takes to recruit real sales talent has now stretched beyond three months. If you can quickly identify and interview suitable candidates ahead of your competitors then you can often gain an advantage over them before they have even begun their own hiring campaigns.
We are already seeing a number of clients delay their sales recruitment and procrastinate until the New Year. We have always found that the three weeks leading up to December are a great time to recruit and some of our more agile clients have been able to offer and appoint great people before the holiday period starts in earnest.
With so many social events packed in to the month it’s difficult not to meet new people! If you were to hire a new employee before January, the Christmas party would also be a great way for them to get to know your team before they join.
If you would like to get a head start with your recruitment strategies before everyone else, get in touch with our specialist consultants at Austin Benn today. You can also connect with us on LinkedIn to stay up to date with the latest Austin Benn news and insights.