Let’s say you’ve done an outstanding job of getting the candidate’s attention who is interested in formally applying for the position. Be sure your apply process is as ready to go as they are.
Take a look at what you can you do to streamline your application process so that it’s easy for people to apply. Here are some suggestions.
- Use an abbreviated application form that gives you an overview of a candidate’s background. This form should be available online or in person and should take less than ten minutes to complete.
- Take a look at everyone involved in the hiring process with an eye towards narrowing this list to essential personnel only.
- Consolidate the interviewing schedule, so that prospective employees can reduce the number of days they need to slip away from their office in order to interview with your company.
Make a Plan to Stay in Touch
Extenuating circumstances can sometimes prohibit a candidate from making a career move. In their quest to advance their career, today’s candidates (particularly Millennials) might say “no” to your job offer – but it doesn’t necessarily mean “no” forever.
Be sure to periodically follow up with candidates that you are interested in, even if they declined to pursue the opportunity you presented. Add them to your holiday card list; send them articles of interest throughout the year. These small steps will help keep you top of mind — and help you build your talent pipeline.