Now that your fruit cake, cookies, and eggnog have made their way off of your tables and onto your love handles, it’s time to get jolly again with your true love – recruiting.
Your hiring process has most likely changed and evolved greatly over the years, but you realize that in 2016 candidates expect more than ever. Candidate experience is one of the most important buzzword there is in HR/Recruiting, and top talent is well aware of how the hiring process should appear to them.
We wanted to help you take a step back and review the hiring process from your candidate’s’ perspective. Here are 4 things candidates expect from your hiring process in 2016.
- 1. Minimal Number of Interviews: There’s nothing more annoying to candidates than needing to interview 3, 4, or more times in-person at a particular company. While this is frustrating for all who interview, it’s especially angering to those top candidates who have great jobs currently and would rather not struggle through a drawn out hiring process. One way to cut down the number of interviews is to utilize panel video interviews which include your entire hiring team on the same interview. While many companies ask candidates to meet with each individual member of the team, you can gain a competitive advantage by speeding up the process for all that are involved.
- 2. Communication & Transparency: Isn’t that what we all want? Your candidates can sniff out lies, exaggerations, or when you’re just giving them the cold shoulder. You’ll go much further with candidates when you clearly explain where they are in the process and their status.
- 3. Clear Salary Definition: They might not expect this on the phone interview, but candidates don’t want to wait until interview 3 or 4 to learn if the salary will be a match. While you’re most likely screening this out early, it’s important to some candidates to learn if their salary requirements will work.
- 4. Quick Response After Applying: Most job seekers believe the application process is basically one large black hole. We’re at the point now where great candidates expect to receive a response from the employer relatively quick. We’re not saying a response is needed the day after they apply, but it should be within a week or so after their application that they receive the first communication.
Which of these four expectations are you making a priority in your hiring process? Tweet us @gowepow!