In a climate where talent is hard to find, it’s essential to make the right impression on the candidates you interview. One of the most effective ways to do this is to make them feel wanted and valued.
Candidates who feel appreciated and valued during the recruitment process are more likely to accept an offer and become committed to their new position. Plus, it’s important to consider that due to talent being hard to find, the candidate may receive multiple offers from multiple companies, so you want to make sure your company are at the top of the list when it comes to which role they accept or are more enthusiastic about.
There are many things you can do to help improve the candidates experience, but in this article we share 6 important things to do and consider to make candidates feel wanted during the recruitment process:
1. Communicate regularly
Prompt and regular communication with candidates throughout the recruitment process can help to make them feel valued. Keep them updated on the progress of their application and provide feedback after each stage of the recruitment process. This helps to show that you are interested in their candidacy and are taking their application seriously.
2. Personalise your interactions
Personalising your interactions with candidates can help to make them feel more connected to your organisation. Show genuine interest in their experiences and goals, and ask relevant questions that demonstrate you have taken the time to research their background. This helps to create a positive impression of your organisation and shows that you value each candidate as an individual.
3. Be transparent
Transparency is essential during the recruitment process, and it helps to build trust with candidates. Be open and honest about the job requirements and the hiring timeline. Being transparent can also help to set expectations and prevent any surprises that might negatively impact the candidate's decision.
4. Showcase your organisation
Candidates want to work for an organisation that they feel excited about. During the recruitment process, showcase your organisation’s culture, values, and mission. Share success stories and highlight the benefits of working for your organisation. This can help to make candidates feel wanted and motivated to join your team.
5. Offer a positive candidate experience
A positive candidate experience can be a significant factor in a candidate's decision to accept a job offer. Make the recruitment process enjoyable and engaging by providing detailed information about the job and the company, offering opportunities to meet team members, and providing feedback after each stage of the recruitment process. A positive candidate experience can help to make candidates feel valued and increase the likelihood of them accepting your job offer.
6. Don’t wait, make an offer
In a candidate short market, getting top talent onboard is really challenging. If you see what you like, go for it! Arrange the interview, give the process the time it deserves, give the feedback and make the offer.
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