It is true, candidates have lot more options today and tend to follow it without much of commitment (of course, exceptions are there)
It is good, you already acknowledged some rigorous steps need to be taken at your end. I would suggest you to -
1. Involve the HODs (Head Technical, Marketing, Production etc.) in the interview process. So different views on the candidates to judge his motivation to work, his personality traits and so on....
2. Develop an Interview Assessment form to record all the observations and details of the candidates noted during Interview. Give him points on the parameters like his Education, Work experience (for specific functions he will be assigned after joining), Personality traits (his impression, communication, leadership ability, presenting himself, ambition, his motivating factors - money, profile, comfort, hard-work etc.)
3. On practical side, revisit your compensation criteria, infrastructure that is being offered to the new joiners.
Hope it will help you.
Let us wait for valuable comments from other experienced professionals and seniors.
From India, Pune
This is in addition to what Vaishali has said.
If both the candidates join on the specified date, but do not turn up for their duties next day onward then there are few different things.
One is about willingness of the candidates to join non-branded company. Were they willing to join or the job was pushed to them. Second is about work environment. What type of work environment your company has?
Please note that you are running a start up and that is your problem but candidates may not be at the start up of their career.
I feel that both the candidates must have some other job at hand and they have given priority to other job.
In future, while hiring, check candidate's willingness to be a big fish in small pond. For you they may be small fry but they could be considering themselves as sharks or whales!
From India, Bangalore
sudden abandonment of employment surely effect the working operations. for that you may implement the induction policy the aims of this policy is to make the newly joinee comfortable and help them to learn their duties as wel
l as take them through company vision & mission also let them know their social and financial securities provided by company.
legally an employee may leave the job anytime by follow the exit terms as defined in his service agreement. No employer can force them to provide their employment.
However since both your new joinee is abscond issue them warning letter to resume their duties immediately if they remain silent or abacond you can even initiate the legal action against both of them on breach of service agreement?
Thanks & Regards
HR & Labour, Corporate Laws Advisor
From India, Agra
Being an HR my responsibility is to give the company the best skills but sometimes we need to look for the attitude (what I learnt from this incident ), I agree with your point Induction process making them comfortable, this was missing on my part. I will surely implement it.
From India, Ghaziabad
If new employees are leaving your organisation within the first 10 days, you have a serious problem on your hands.
You need to find out what that problem is, and fix it, double quick.
The first thing that needs fixing is your recruitment process. I have posted many, many times on this subject. It is not rocket science, but if you are going to get the right employees, you need a robust recruitment and selection process that is properly documented, and that all staff with responsibility for recruitment are trained to use. Search for my previous posts on this. In my view from reading CiteHR, too many Indian companies have a very ad hoc way of recruiting staff, and it backfires on them spectacularly.
The second thing to look at is your organisation, and why people don't want to work there, eg, pay, management, other staff members, lack of training, lack of future opportunities, etc etc. You have the handicap of being a start-up, and the possibility exists that you will not be there for the long haul. People need certainty, hence the reason to try for jobs with brand-name companies as Dinesh has pointed out.
Thirdly, when people are interviewed, you need to ensure they are not being told lies about what it is going to be like to work for your organisation. Many of us have gone to job interviews and been told how wonderful it is going to be, but the reality is sadly different.
Humans being what they are will always be perverse. You've got to learn to deal with those few people that will upset the apple cart. Problems such as this can be mitigated to a great extent with proper procedures and policy, but you will never ever eliminate it entirely. However in my defence, I will say that in several organisations I worked, my 6 step recruitment policy that I implemented almost never failed us. We gained the right employees, looked after them, and they stayed working for us for many many years.
From Australia, Melbourne
This is a universal problem. As an organization which is new (start up companies) the candidates who apply are very desperate to take a job. But will also want to have some advantage joining a startup.
The general expectations of youngsters today is,
1. A good salary - decent by industrial standards
2. A good work environment - that enables growth and provides a future
3. An organization that provides facilities - such as transport, canteen, stay etc.,
Above all this the projection of the existing employees who are happy and have enjoyed stability in employment with superior technology being used at work which can become a competitive edge for them for seeking a better employment.
When all the above is ensured, you can make the candidates who join you stay with you too.
Note: Look for people who send negative signals to the new recruits and keep them away.
From India, Tiruppur
As I am seeing that your organization is a start up. So, you need to be more cautious about your recruitment process. Some points I have to say that, first what you want from a candidate let it be clear before searching for a candidate. Then fix the Job description and Job specifications for the position. Then clear the rights and liabilities of the position which you are going to hire. Then specify the category of profiles which you have received on different criteria like, educational qualification, experience, job changing pattern, profile of previous companies, etc. all these should be assessed by HR Person itself then arrange the interviews of the candidates with technical person. Get feedback from them. If it is possible then go for background verification process through some link. Also, don.t let the interview results declared on the same day. Because after taking the feedback of all candidates you have to analyze the result. So, you need time. After that talk to candidate about their expectations from the job and let them know about the offerings which you have for the position.
I think this will may help you in further processing of your need. Also, if you need a compact interview assessment form please write me.
Asst. Manger HR
From India, Delhi
Very pertinent question and it is truly a challenge to get the right candidate every time. But generally, a few critical steps help to narrow down the list of potential candidates and finally pick the best suited candidate:
Be very specific in your details about the position, its responsibilities and the special qualifications, traits, characteristics, and experience you seek in a candidate.
Phone screen the short list of candidates - the tone, the choice of words, responses, attitude - these are great indicators towards giving you a clearer picture of the candidate apart from the salary expectations.
Get the candidate to write a short note about why he/she wants to join your firm. It is a clear giveaway on what the candidate expects from you. You will be surprised at some of the responses you get.
The preliminary interview or test gives you a fair idea of the capabilities. You can make some intelligent assumptions here - too many job hops, avoiding direct answers to questions are indications of restlessness and lack of confidence, sincerity.
Also you can make out if the answers are given on the basis of solid domain knowledge or on the basis of quick preparation specifically for the interview.
I am sure other HR professionals in this forum would have insightful points to add here. Awaiting more inputs to this critical discussion.
From India, Delhi