The spookiest time of the year is fast approaching, and while Halloween may be all about the scares, your recruitment process shouldn't be one of them. You may not realize it, but candidates can be frightened away from even applying for a job based on how the recruitment process is handled. Your approach must be inviting and engaging for all potential candidates.
So, here are some tips on how to avoid turning your recruitment process into a Halloween horror story. In short, it should be all treat and no trick.
(Apologies for the forthcoming Halloween-based puns)
Interview with the Vampire
Number one is a bad interview experience. Imagine scheduling an interview, arriving on time and dressed to impress, only to encounter a rude or disorganized interviewer. Not only is this experience a turn-off for the candidate, but it could also indicate the company's culture. Candidates want to feel valued and respected throughout the recruitment process. So, ensure your interviewers are well-prepared, polite, trained in interviewing, and can create a positive first impression. Remember, the candidate is also assessing you and your company.
28 Weeks Later
A lengthy hiring process is also a significant factor in why a candidate might withdraw. With the rise of technology, candidates expect a streamlined and efficient recruitment process. The longer it takes for a company to make decisions and provide feedback, the more likely they will lose top talent to other opportunities. Taking time out from their current job for multiple rounds of interviews can be a pain. So, consider streamlining interviews and the hiring process as much as possible. Providing an estimated timeline to candidates can also help keep them engaged so they don't feel like it's dragging on and understand the timescales at the start.
A Quiet Place
Communication is crucial in any recruitment process. Lack of communication can lead to misunderstandings and leave candidates feeling frustrated. Ghosting, in particular, is a growing trend in recruitment where candidates are left without any response or feedback after an interview. This can be a major turn-off for potential candidates and leave them with a negative impression of the company. Keep candidates updated throughout the process, even if it's just to let them know they didn't get the job. Make sure your communication is clear and consistent throughout the recruitment process.
Sometimes, candidates receive better job offers or promotions in their current jobs while in the middle of a recruitment process. While this is beyond your control, you can reduce the chances of it happening by being transparent about salary, benefits, and bonuses. Ensure the job description matches the actual role and emphasizes your company's culture and values to differentiate yourself from competitors or their current employer.
Job descriptions that turn out to be incorrect can also be a significant factor in why candidates might abort the application process. There's nothing more disheartening than getting excited about a new position only to find out it isn't as advertised. Make sure your job descriptions are accurate and up-to-date. Don't oversell the role or company, and be honest and transparent about what is expected from the candidate.
If a candidate discovers you have a poor employer brand, they will likely withdraw from the process. With the rise of social media, company reviews on websites like Glassdoor can make or break a company's reputation. Candidates want to work for companies with positive cultures and values. Investing in your employer brand is essential. Creating a positive culture and having happy employees who advocate for the company is priceless. So, if your company has an enviable reputation and offers enticing benefits, you'll likely attract more qualified candidates to your recruitment process.
The Final Destination
Navigating the recruitment process may seem daunting, but it doesn't have to become the latest fright-fest on Netflix. You can attract and retain top talent by focusing on a positive interview experience, expedited decision-making, consistent communication, transparency about the prospective role, and maintaining a strong employer brand.
Remember, your recruitment process reflects your company's culture and values. Ensure it's a pleasant experience that treats all candidates with the respect and professionalism they deserve. Doing so will turn your recruitment process into a treat rather than a trick, attracting the finest talent to fuel your company's success.
Kensington Additive specializes in recruiting for the advanced and additive manufacturing industries. We work closely with clients to help them design the most effective recruitment process that keeps candidates engaged.