By Russell | November 19, 2016
I am sure you will know how crucial the recruitment search and selection procedure is to your organisation’s development. Most of the time, there are too few hours in the day to sufficiently dedicate yourself to it.
Don’t let the crème of the crop candidates slip away!
Here are 5 tips for you to prevent this from happening:
1) Communicate ASAP!
Acknowledgement of applications is key and a simple automated response creates a positive first impression. The candidate will then know his/her CV has arrived. Always include additional information about what the next steps are in the recruitment process
2) If a candidate is good, show your interest at the earliest possible!
If the candidate seems to tick most or all the boxes of your requirements for the role, call or email them back ASAP. There is every chance your competitor may beat you to it and your recruitment spend would have gone to waste. Let them know their application is interesting and that you will be in contact by ‘x’ date/time.
3) Don’t panic if you have additional deadlines ahead!
Keep candidates that are of interest in the loop of the process every step along the way. If you have to delay the interview process for whatever reason, let them know or they may presume their application was unsuccessful, or the position was filled.
4) Don’t be too Presumptuous when receiving CV’s. Read between the lines for a candidate’s relevance for a role.
Don’t be to harsh when making decisions of a candidate’s relevance! Take the time to evaluate each application and read between the lines for a candidate’s relevance for a role. Waiting for the “Mr or Mrs Right” who ticks all the boxes could mean you are missing out on right talent for the job.
5) Don’t delay your decision
Once you have interviewed a candidate, many steps can stretch the deadline (consulting the selection committee, checking references, preparing the offer etc.). Your priority is to separate the ‘wheat from the chaff’ and to choose your final candidate and to inform him/her as soon as possible about your intention to hire them. Keep them informed of the next steps in order to maintain their interest.
I hope these tips will be of assistance and help you ensure you hold on to the best candidates and manage your time in terms of recruitment search and selection process. Ultimately, you don’t want waste the time, effort and resources you have invested. Communicate generously with your favourite candidates and be proactive.