With demand for talent at an all-time high, and supply still low, employers need to use every method available to attract the best people. So often clients have missed out on their ideal hire due to avoidable and basic errors. We hope the following tips, based on the feedback from hundreds of interviews, will be of use to those looking to hire talent in the current market:
1. First impressions
It sounds obvious, but first impressions really count. A polite greeting and offer of refreshment is always appreciated.
2. Avoid delays
Fact: delays are the biggest reason why employers miss out on a hire, while responsive employers with the most efficient recruitment processes are more successful in hiring their first choice candidate. Similarly, avoid rearranging interviews where possible - if the interviewer can’t make it, try to find someone else to do the interview rather than postponing. Applicants might have taken time off work to meet you, so postponing could be inconvenient and leave a negative impression.
3. Keep the interview friendly
Aggressive or 'critical' interview styles seldom endear the interviewee and will put them off your business.
4. Give prompt interview feedback
Help us to help you! Prompt feedback helps us maintain an applicant's interest and enthusiasm in your business and vacancy.
5. Manage expectations effectively
If a delay in the process is unavoidable due to holidays or business commitments, make this clear as early as possible to help us manage an applicant's expectations for you. Similarly, avoid overpromising on salary - if you state to range, people will naturally aspire to the higher end, so avoid being too specific too soon with salary ranges to allow room for any negotiation.
We hope these tips have been useful and for further details on our services or if you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org