Candidates Continue to Call the Shots

Posted by Jeff Pelliccio on Jan 28, 2019 9:00:00 AM

In ICS insights, hiring trends, Corporate Support, IT, Accounting and Finance, client, Legal and Compliance

Long gone are the days when candidates felt like they had to bend over backward to please an HR stranger for a thankless job. These days, job seekers hold all of the power. Not only do they expect a better interview and hiring experience, but they demand it. With a tightening job market, candidates won’t waste their time with a company who won’t go out of its way for incoming recruits, as this might be a reflection of how they treat current employees. From the first touch point of an application to a cold call by a recruiter, the first impression will leave a lasting impact on a job seeker. Here are just a few ways for employers to put their best foot forward and attract quality candidates:

Update Website

According to a CheekyMonkey survey, 63% of millennials will not apply for a position if the company has a bad website. Your website is the face of your company. It is usually a candidate’s first look into the world of their new employer. An outdated website design might tell the viewer that the company is old-fashioned and not open to new ideas or suggestions. Websites that are full of stock photos, yet lacking details about the company, may come across as immature or a scam. Take the time to design a well-thought-out site that exudes your company culture and brand personality to anyone who may stumble upon it.

Shorten Application

In an age where time is a precious commodity, no one wants to spend hours filling out an application. Whether you are asking a candidate to fill out a physical form or to complete a virtual application, it is imperative that you make it an easy process. Do not ask them to fill out anything that can be found on a resume, aside from their name and contact information. This a waste of time for the applicant and he will quit the form before it even begins. According to the Society of Human Resource Management, an application that takes more than 10 minutes to complete will lose 50% of its potential candidates.

Process Clarity

More than anything, a job seeker always wants to know where she stands. It is important to streamline the hiring process with a clear timeline, so the candidate knows what to expect. For instance, if an applicant does not hear from the hiring manager within two weeks after an interview and follow-up email, then the candidate will lose interest. If that manager were to call during the third week after the meeting, she is less likely to be inclined to come in for a second interview. The applicant probably thinks that the company chose someone else first or takes too long in making decisions or simply does not care enough about potential employees to keep them up-to-date. Waiting too long also gives the candidate time to find another position with a competitor.

Stay Relevant

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