Reducing Time to Hire in the Public Sector
2023 NACo Achievement Award Winner
Nevada County, Calif., CA
Best In Category
About the Program
Category: Personnel Management, Employment and Training (Best in Category)
For many hiring managers in the public sector, the thought of conducting a recruitment to fill a vacancy is dreadful: the process is slow, full of rules and regulations that bog down the process, and seemingly at odds with the goal of hiring the best-fit candidate. Whatâs worse is the fact that candidates donât need to wait for us to get to them; theyâre on to the next employer faster than we can screen their application. The âGreat Resignation,â labor shortages, and COVID-fatigue-weary job seekers, make matters worse. County of Nevada, a local government sector nestled in the Sierra-Nevada Mountains, challenged itself to reverse the âgovernment as usualâ approach to recruiting. By listening to our hiring managers and using continuous process improvement tools to cut redundancy in our recruitment process, we successfully reduced our time to hire from 130 days (or higher!) to 60 days (or less). We not only got bodies in seats faster, but we infused the process with techniques to help sharpen managersâ skillset in selecting the best fitting candidate. HR became better at being Strategic Business Partners in the process, and we attracted better candidates!