In terms of the recruitment market, Gary may actually have a point. While some jobs are being filled at what we'd call a regular speed, some are definitely stretching the definition of the word 'speed'.
We have recently seen the conclusion of some recruitment campaigns that started life back in April 2012. More than six months have passed with meetings, searches, interviews, more interviews, negotiations and finally offers. An extended recruitment process can seem at the outset to be a tiresome thing, but if you look further into it, it gives a good insight into the value the organisation places on recruiting the right person. It means they have properly considered who in the company has a relationship with the postholder and so has a stake in ensuring a successful hire. It also gives the candidate ample opportunity to assess whether the culture of the company is right for them by meeting different potential colleagues and being able to do more in-depth research for each stage of the process.
Communication is key at all stages. Conversations don't have to be in-depth or conveying news at every turn but as long as each party knows that the process is still under way, that they are still engaged in it and moving forwards, that's what matters. There are bound to be questions and queries along the way which why those regular conversations are vital, to keep the dialogue open so that candidates, clients and recruiters know they can ask anything.
Waiting can be frustrating. The natural reaction to not hearing any news or finding that time is ticking on without any conclusion is to think the worst but it isn't always negative. Accepting that a candidate or a hiring manager might take time to gather their thoughts and give a considered answer can reflect positively on you as well as showing the importance and value of the decision-making process.
Being patient allows someone time to properly consider something whether it be a job, an opinion or maybe even a significant purchase. That way you get the very best out of them and you know they have taken time to think through options, logistics and detemine their level of interest. A considered answer is what we want. I'm a big fan of the gut feeling and while that has served me well when considering what to drink to order or which dress to buy, sometimes I have been known to step back and explore the first thought.
While Mr Barlow was also right in saying "it only takes a minute", sometimes it does take that little bit longer and can be worth the wait.