7. November 2011 13:09
When jobs are hard to come by and the number of applicants per position continues to increase, employers can sometimes forget how to treat their candidates—no matter what stage of the hiring process they are in. Recruiters who fail to treat applicants well jeopardize their relationships with great candidates, as well as potential customers, and even new employees. Here are 5 things employers should remember throughout the recruiting process:
1. Interviews go both ways. While the interview stage is certainly a time for employers to learn more about candidates, it is also a time for candidates to assess whether the company and job are right for them.
2. Top candidates will receive more than one offer. Don’t assume that the candidate will take the job just because you offer it; be sure all candidates have a good recruiting experience, or you may risk losing them to another company.
3. Candidates will read into every detail of your rejection letter. Don’t say anything you don’t mean, because many candidates will take what you say very personally.
4. It only takes a few seconds to tell a candidate he or she is no longer being considered. Even if it’s an automated message, jobseekers will walk away with a much more positive opinion of your company than if you leave them in the dark.
5. Applicants are human! We all have loved ones who are looking for new jobs—treat your candidates the same way you would want your friends and family to be treated.