Halloween can seem like a black hole when it comes to hiring. There’s plenty of reasons why companies shy away from hiring during this time: staff are overwhelmed with end-of-year admin and simply don’t have the energy; team members are on vacation and not available for interviews; there’s simply no time for onboarding, offboarding or team training… the list is endless. However, halloween is actually a great time to hire, and not just from a business point of view. There’s also the psychological perspective to consider. As the end of year approaches, people’s mindsets shift in a way that can be incredibly helpful for recruiting. Here are some of the factors to consider when trying to fulfil your halloween hiring quota…
‘Use it or lose it’ motivation
Does your budget for hiring expire on October 31? The psychological pressure to use these funds can act as motivation to secure a great candidate, rather than delay the decision. Even if your new employee doesn’t start full time until after the New Year, you can bring them in for one-off training sessions during November and December. That way they’ll hit the ground running in January and you won’t lose your budget.
Trick or treat yo’self!
Unemployed candidates are eager to nail down employment before the end of the year so they can share the good news with friends and family. This desire for positive feedback can lead to increased job-seeking activity as candidates look to up their game by sending out more job applications.
Eat, drink and be scary!
We tend to celebrate more than usual during halloween, be it office parties or spooky after work drinks. Now’s the time to take advantage of this super-social atmosphere!