A new survey from Robert Half, the large recruiting firm, found that “hiring managers are taking … [+] longer to hire [and] stringing along candidates thinking that a ‘better hire’ may come along.

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Over the course of my recruiting career, I’ve noticed that companies tend to hire when the top executives feel the future looks promising. When they believe that conditions are conducive to growth, you’ll see companies aggressively adding to staff. They want to get ahead of their competitors and bring aboard the best talent. 

Conversely, when the future looks uncertain and bleak, companies will hit the brakes on bringing aboard new people, enact freezes and start to downsize workers. 

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