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How Hospitality Hiring Managers are Missing Out: The Hiring Window

40% of candidates will drop off after 24 hours of no response, and a staggering 90% will drop off after 3 days.

I've seen countless hiring managers miss out on quality hires simply because they weren't quick enough. Take it from me, the only dedicated recruiter in the hospitality industry, speed is key. Candidates are actively interviewing for multiple positions in the same area, and success in hiring requires being first with the best offer.

The hiring window is short, and our data speaks for itself. 40% of candidates will drop off after 24 hours of no response, and a staggering 90% will drop off after 3 days. That's why it's crucial to have a streamlined hiring process that can quickly screen and respond to candidates.

At Clock'd, we've found that our process is 3X faster than average. We receive and screen 3X the number of candidates for each job, giving hiring managers a better chance at finding the right fit for their team. Applicants on average only spend 1-2 minutes applying for an hourly job, so any longer and they'll likely move on to the next opportunity. Meaning you need to have an easy way for people to apply.

Not having a job board on your website can decrease applications by 35%. But speed isn't the only factor to consider. The hiring process should also focus on finding candidates who fit well within the culture of your business. This takes nuanced best practices, like writing proper job descriptions.

In this industry, there's no time to waste. Don't miss out on quality hires by dragging out the hiring process or flying by the seat of your pants, unprepared. Be quick, be efficient, be smart, and perhaps look to the experts to find you the best fits fast for your team. Consider Clock’d today.


Marc LaPierre is a 10-year veteran of the food and hospitality industry, Certified Staffing Professional, and CEO/Founder of Clock’d + SEEN. From cooking in James Beard award-winning kitchens to opening and managing a nightclub in Mexico, he worked every job in the industry. Today he connects professionals looking to advance their careers with clients eager to find an all-star team.


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