Hiring initiatives can take a long time to come to fruition. It can take up to several months to fill a new position. In the meantime, productivity could be hurting.

Here are three potential questions to ask for a smooth hiring initiative.

1. Where are you looking for talent?

If you’re looking for talent in the right place, you’ll receive resumes that match the job description from qualified applicants.

But if you’re receiving resumes from applicants that aren’t meeting the mark of the job description, it might be time to rethink where you’re looking for talent.

LinkedIn can be a valuable source of talent. Search for people with similar job descriptions in the industry. You can also use it to reach out to former employers and ask if they know of anyone looking.

2. How are you screening and selecting the right candidates to interview?

There are multiple methods for screening and selecting the right candidates. Each depends on the position and required qualifications.

If specific skills are required, tests can be used as a selection method. Top scorers can be those selected for an interview.

If you have a large applicant pool, phone interviews are frequently used as a method of screening and selecting applicants. Group interviews can be utilized as well.

3. How much time are you spending on hiring?

In 2014, employers took roughly 25 days, on average, to fill a position — the longest gap in 13 years.

A position being vacant that long can hit your productivity significantly.

The figure can also be used as a proxy for any weak points in your hiring initiatives. Is it taking your firm considerably longer? If so, it may be a good idea to look at recruitment, screening and selecting, and interview practices.

Are any of them serving as roadblocks in the process? Are there any “back to the drawing board” moments when you want a new batch of candidates? If so, it could be a sign your hiring initiatives need to be rethought.

How a Staffing Agency Can Help

Graham Staffing Services can help you fix any weak points in your hiring initiatives. We are experts in recruiting the right people to fill the right roles. We have deep expertise in finding talent and can help you screen and select, test and pre-interview. Ultimately, we can streamline your time to hire, so your business can be at peak productivity in as little time as possible. We’re here to help. Contact us today. And if you’re looking for work, apply with us today.