How Manufacturers Are Adjusting to Just-in-Time Hiring

by Vic Ing, Alliance Industrial Solutions

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Manufacturers have started to manage talent the same way they manage raw materials or shipping. They want it when they want it, mimicking the just-in-time manufacturing principle that's based on meeting demand as it happens.

Simultaneously, candidates have more job options to choose from as the economy improves and the minimum wage increases.

What are the hiring strategies of today's manufacturers?

The just-in-time manufacturing model many are using creates the need to act within a certain time frame, but the quality of the hires needs to be at a certain level as well.

This change in strategy comes on the heels of a lot of downsizing in the human resources departments of manufacturers. That's led to a greater reliance on staffing agencies as an outsource partner.

How are manufacturers keeping pace?

Manufacturers are turning to outsource staffing partners, many of which are utilizing video interviews. This allows an agency to interview many candidates each day, qualify each against a manufacturer's criteria and send along the best to be reviewed.

How is the candidate pool adjusting?

Many quality candidates currently have jobs or are underemployed. Now that job opportunities have increased, employed candidates are willing to look around.

While employers are increasingly picky about the people they hire, candidates are also more choosey about their employer. They're shopping for a job as much as companies are shopping for talent. Employees may think nothing of quitting a new job after a few days if they think there's a better opportunity elsewhere.

Though they're willing to look, candidates often can't afford to take time off to interview. Staffing agencies that utilize video interviewing technology make it easier for candidates to shop around. Candidates who have the right technology are even able to interview from home, eliminating the need to drive somewhere to be interviewed.

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