Is there a cast (or set of casts) that walks through the hiring process relative to taking applicants through interviews, then making an offer, and negotiation?
The real questions about the hiring process I have are:
1. When do you notify #2, #3, etc.? There are so many things that could happen to #1 at the offer, or even the accepted stage, that having a plan B makes sense. To be professional, we need to notify #2 and #3 as soon as we know they won't get an offer - but when really is that? Is there a guideline?
2. As you are going through the interview process, at what point do you stop looking at applicants? I worry that I get into a mode that says "What if the next guy is a little better than the guy I have now and I miss out?" At some point, though, I have to pull the trigger - are there recommendations about how to proceed?
I'm hoping there is a simple set of guidelines that talk about the process (rather than individual components of the process) of hiring someone: create a job description, post position, gather applicants, interview, make offer to candidate, decline remaining candidates.