September 23, 2020 |

Scott Rivers, President of Cerca Talent+, Featured in Society for Human Resource Management


Scott Rivers, President of Cerca Talent+ – A member of the Sanford Rose Associates® network of offices, Featured in Society for Human Resource Management, When Top Candidates Have Another Offer

Plano, TX 9/23/2020

By: Lin Grensing-Pophal

You’re in the middle of the selection process for a key position and have a few top candidates making their way through the second round of interviews. One of them informs you that he or she has received an offer from another company. Your initial reaction is panic—oh no! You felt like the process was dragging along too slowly. What can you do? What should you do?

While some recruiters, HR professionals and hiring managers recommend expediting the process while asking the candidate to hold off on accepting the other offer, others take a less reactive approach. All acknowledge that the situation is quite common—and becoming more so. Consequently, it’s very likely that recruiters and HR professionals will find themselves in this position at some point in their careers.

Scott Rivers, president and managing director of Cerca Talent+, an executive search firm in Oradell, N.J., agreed that recruiters should be contemplative rather than reactive or impulsive when learning that a job candidate has another offer.

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