Holiday Hiring SecretsI want to share a secret with you: the holiday period is the perfect time to poach talent from your competitors. Perhaps that’s not really keeping with the festive spirit of this time of year, but it makes great business sense.

Let me share why…


1. Top performers are more open to headhunting calls 

We’ve seen it time and time again, when the end of the year rolls around it’s human nature to reflect. We think about our wins and losses of the past year, then we look ahead and set goals for the following year. This is a prime headhunting mindset. Top performers are more willing to hear about that “exciting opportunity” that could propel their career forward faster and further.


2. Candidates have more time to interview (and so do you)

The end of November and all of December is usually slower for most companies. There’s less work, less pressure and more free time. That means both you, and your shortlist of top candidates, have more time to interview and get to know each other. Take advantage of that ‘festive spirit’ and woo top performers with more warm interactions like a leisurely lunch or relaxing drink after work.


3. There’s less competition for talent

“The early bird gets the worm.” That old chestnut is very relevant to holiday hiring. While your competitors are taking their foot off the gas, you’ll be cherry-picking top talent from the market. Less employer competition means less risk of losing out during the hiring process. So swoop on in early bird!


4. Hiring now gives you a January Rockstar

January is BUSY. Our phones ring off the hook. That’s because hiring managers have great plans for their departments, starting with some fresh bodies that they want to hire in January. But they don’t call it a hiring process for no reason. It takes time to source, interview, negotiate with and onboard the right candidate correctly. So to get bang for your buck and have a new hire ready to knock your socks off January 1, start looking now. If you wait till January to start the process, you won’t be seeing any return on investment until well into Q1. Most candidates love to have a new offer signed off in December; it’s the best Christmas present! Plus they have the holiday period free to enjoy with their families. So secure your rockstar now to have them hit the ground running next year.


Being a proactive hiring manager pays big dividends. Don’t take your foot off the gas in December; headhunt from great firms, snatch up that top talent and start 2014 with that all-star team you dream of.  If you’re looking to hire during the holidays, email us at or phone your local Headhunters branch.