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Speed-Date Your Way Through Hiring

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Speed-Date Your Way Through Hiring

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Speed Dating for Business: 7 Steps to Quicker and Better Hiring

By: Jason Mark, Founder of Gravity Switch


Jason Mark, Founder of Gravity Switch, has been using these 7 steps with speed hiring to hire new employees since 2009.  He states that "this process allows us to save time on the pre-hire activities that don't really make a difference in the long run."  This is also a great way to save money, as it costs more to keep an employee who doesn't work out.


Here are the steps!


1. Define the position


It's best to know exactly who you are looking for to fill this role.  It sounds easy, but you should write a "compelling job description with clear directions on how to apply."  Keep descriptions as broad as possible.


2. Publicize the position


Post where your ideal candidates are looking. This could be your local paper, your email list, or even  Gravity Switch has found the best success on Craigslist, so that is there go-to place to look for new employees.


3.  Review applicants for the elimination pass


Jason states that before you start to examine your first round of applicants, you should decide your baseline criteria.  They always review the cover letters first, as they believe you can learn more from what someone writes than in just their bullet points of their resume.  Sort them into "yes", "no", and "maybe" piles for follow-up.


To read the other 4 steps, check out "Speed Dating for Business: 7 Steps to Quicker and Better Hiring"


  • What do you do when you're looking to hire new employees?
  • Where do you have the most success when you post the new position?
  • Are you using Social Media to post new jobs?