As I wrap up my series on hiring restaurant servers in an improving economy, I wanted to address the need for speed and decisiveness in the hiring process. Too many restaurants have become accustomed to the luxury of being able to conduct 2-3 interviews with candidates before making a job offer. These same restaurants are being met with less success using this model. The reason is simple. Restaurants servers are faced with more job options in a strong economy. A lack of speed and decisiveness on the part of restaurant owners and managers will cause these servers to accept positions elsewhere.
I am not saying that restaurant managers should make careless hiring decisions. I am also not encouraging anyone to hire the first person that walks through the door. Instead, I strongly believe that failing to make a hiring decisions will cause the top performing restaurant servers to go elsewhere. I am encouraging you to streamline the process so that decisions can be made quickly. Restaurants that make these decisions quickly are in a much better position to land the qualified candidates that apply.
This post addresses some of the common concerns that managers have about making hiring decisions quickly. I also share a personal story of how my decisions have been made based on the indecisiveness of restaurants. I intend it to serve as a warning. Top quality servers will no longer wait weeks to be offered a position. That is why it is important to embrace The Importance of Speed in Hiring Restaurant Servers