Hello and thank you for your question.
Where to start....and I am not sure there is a #1, but here are challenges we see and hear about.
- The company does not communicate throughout the process.
- The company responds/takes action too slowly.
- The position is unclear or changes over the course of the interview process.
- The employer is not sure what it really needs before it starts hiring.
- The company is not open to putting together a creative compensation package, or negotiating a more creative package.
- Doing things they've always done and expecting different results.
- Not having a recruiting process, and instead winging it.
Those are some of the more common things we see.
Are seeing a shift in the willingness of HR people to admit that their recruiting/hiring efforts aren't working? Then be willing to do something about it?
We've started encouraging our employers to consider hiring for fit and interest and then train the skills (unless we're talking about a surgeon...). All of our employers are very small, so they struggle to compete when it comes to benefits. As a result, they're having to become very creative.
I agree that employers should focus more on the fit than solely on skills. We place technical people and a gifted programmer can be a huge success at one company and complete failure at another company. The difference isn't the programmer. It's the fit to the company. So what are the small employers creatively doing to compete?
Just getting started with the realization that they need to. Some are starting to explore shared services to control costs so they can increase compensation.