We’ve all been in organizations wanting to improve hiring speed and take short cuts that end up causing more problems than they solve. To avoid these problems, we’ve found that the following five ways to shorten the process are more likely to produce satisfactory results: 1. Process compression. Shrink the “down time” between hiring steps. This can speed up your hiring time without adversely impacting the end result. For example, conducting evening and weekend interviews can help everyone stay on their regular work schedule while moving forward with the process. 2. Combine some steps into a single step. There are some things that can be combined into a single step, to help speed up the process. Reference checks can normally take place before all the interviews are completed. They can also provide a way to find candidates who may be more or less desirable, thus shortening your interview stage even more. 3. Start the hiring process before a position opens up. If you know a position will be opening up, rather than waiting until it’s available, start the process as soon as you find out. Getting as much of the footwork done ahead of time will save precious time before everyone is in a panic to fill that position. 4. Eliminate processes that don’t add value to your hiring. Analyzing your hiring process can help you find those items that just don’t contribute to finding a qualified candidate. For example, if in an interview you already make a decision to hire/not hire the candidate, there is little point on spending the full hour (or time allotted) on the interview. Closing it out early can save a great deal of time. 5. Beef-up the higher priority steps. Look over your steps and find out which ones make the most impact on hiring. These are the ones you’ll want to spent more time and effort in getting done properly and in a timely manner. For example, eliminate scheduling hassles on your first round of interviews by taking advantage of a digital interview platform. Moving to this type of service can both speed up this step and provide you with a better class of candidates for your face-to-face interviews. You don’t have to short-circuit your hiring process just because you want it to go faster. By evaluating your hiring steps, you can make a positive impact on the amount of time you actually spend to find the right candidate.