In today’s tight labor market, job candidates now often have the upper hand because they have options. It is more important than ever for companies to make sure candidates have a good experience during the recruiting process. And the most important factor in giving candidates that experience is respecting their time. The thing that frustrates people the most is when the hiring process takes a long time. Here are a few tips on making sure candidates have a good experience during the recruiting process.
1. Make information easily accessible.
Most job candidates will do research on your company before they decide to apply. To help them out, and give them a good impression of your business, you need to make it as easy as possible to find the information they are looking for – facts about your core values, company culture, and opinions of employees. Candidates are also interested in knowing why people want to work at your company, so you should include that information as well.
2. Make the process as easy as possible
Make the application process as simple and easy as possible. If it takes longer than 15 minutes to fill out an application, you may need to reevaluate how it is set up. Remove all unnecessary steps from the process. Also, from time to time, it is a good idea to go through the application process yourself to see what candidates are facing and to determine if there are any unnecessary roadblocks.
3. Let candidates show what they can do
Another common complaint of candidates is that the application process does not give them a chance to show off their skills. So it is a good idea to include some kind of skills test or other assessment in the process to show that you are serious about seeing what candidates can do and giving sense of fair play to the process.
4. Give them information about the interview
You will improve the process for candidates if you let them know about their interview in advance. Before they arrive at the company, send them an itinerary for their visit, informing them of who and what they will be seeing, as well as informing them beforehand about who will be interviewing them.
Stay in touch with candidates, informing them about where they are in the process, what the next steps are, how long it is likely to take, and giving them timely feedback on their questions.