Pro Tip: Act Fast or Miss Out on Top Talent

One of the many complaints from jobseekers is that the hiring process is too slow, which is why many of them are interviewing and applying with numerous companies at the same time. In order to land that purple squirrel, you need to act fast, so you don’t drive these candidates to the competition.
Companies shouldn’t assume that their job offer is a candidate’s only option, new Robert Half Finance & Accounting research suggests. A new survey of workers found nearly 6 in 10 jobseekers (59%) have received two or more offers simultaneously when applying for jobs.

Job Offers Aplenty

The competition for talent is tough, and candidates rarely wait long when they receive a great offer. A majority of professionals surveyed (58%) reported making their decision in 2 or fewer days. The top five reasons jobseekers accepted one offer over another include:

  1. Salary
  2. Benefits
  3. Advancement potential
  4. Commute
  5. Position’s responsibilities or challenges

“Companies hiring today need to know their top candidate is likely someone else’s top pick as well,” says Steve Saah, Executive Director of Robert Half Finance & Accounting—in a press release. “Salary is the number-one factor for many professionals looking to make a career move, so employers should put together a compelling compensation package right away. In-demand professionals have options, and you may not have a second chance to make a better offer.”
The infographic below offers more key findings from this research.