The only thing worse than receiving too few applicants is receiving too many. It can be overwhelming trying to sort through them all – and the truth is you won’t be able to.
At a certain point, you’re going to have to pull the plug and reassess.
This task is about doing just that. By setting the intended length of the posting and how many candidates you’re aiming for, you’ll have a clear indication of when it’s time to pull the posting.
If you exceed your minimum in a matter of days rather than weeks – great. Close the application process and start looking through your candidates. If you need to, you can always put it back up again later.
On the other hand, if you don’t reach your minimum by the end of the posting, you need to determine what went wrong. Is the job posting unclear? Did you give it enough time? Was it placed in the right locations? Are your expectations realistic?
Feel free to come back to this task to revise as your needs change.