Keep Candidates Engaged During a Lengthy Decision-Making Process

by Liz Carey

Professional woman looking bored at computerAs a recruiter, one of the most frustrating situations you can encounter is when your client company takes forever to provide feedback or make a decision about a candidate. This not only affects your relationship with the candidate but also reflects poorly on your ability to deliver results. However, there are steps you can take to keep the candidate engaged and maintain their interest in the position despite the delays. In this blog post, we will discuss strategies for keeping candidates engaged during a lengthy decision-making process.

  1. Communicate regularly: The key to keeping candidates engaged during a lengthy decision-making process is communication. Make sure to keep them informed about any updates or delays from the client company. Set clear expectations about timelines and follow up with regular updates, even if there is no new information to share. This shows the candidate that you are actively working on their behalf and helps them feel more involved in the process.
  2. Provide feedback: While waiting for feedback from the client company, take the opportunity to provide constructive feedback to the candidate based on their interview performance. This not only helps them improve their skills for future opportunities but also shows that you are invested in their success. Encourage them to ask questions or seek clarification on any aspects of the role or interview process.
  3. Offer support: Waiting for a decision can be stressful for candidates, especially if they have other job prospects on hold. Offer support and reassurance during this time by being available to answer any questions or address any concerns they may have. Let them know that you understand their situation and are doing everything possible to expedite the decision-making process.
  4. Keep them excited: To prevent candidates from losing interest in the position due to long delays, keep them excited about the opportunity by highlighting the benefits of working for the client company. Share positive news or updates about the company culture, projects, or team members that align with their interests and career goals. Remind them why they were interested in the role in the first place and how it fits into their long-term career plans.
  5. Maintain professionalism: Throughout the decision-making process, it is important to maintain professionalism and integrity in your interactions with both the candidate and client company. Avoid placing blame or making excuses for delays, as this can reflect poorly on your reputation as a recruiter. Instead, focus on finding solutions and keeping all parties informed and engaged in a respectful manner.

In conclusion, keeping candidates engaged during a lengthy decision-making process requires proactive communication, support, feedback, excitement, and professionalism. By following these strategies, recruiters can maintain strong relationships with candidates and increase their chances of securing top talent for their client companies despite any delays in the hiring process. Remember that how you handle these situations can make a lasting impression on both candidates and clients alike, so always strive to uphold high standards of service and professionalism in every interaction.

Smart Sourcing with Candidate Engagement

by Veronica Blatt

Today’s guest blogger is Armaan Akbany, CEO and Co-Founder of Shortlyst AI. Shortlyst AI is an all-in-one AI-based outbound multi-channel sourcing platform. Shortlyst AI provides 650+ million professional database, automation and contact finder features to cater to the needs of modern recruitment. In this article, Armaan and the Shortlyst Team discuss how better candidate engagement can improve your sourcing efforts.

The initial phase of the hiring process involves sourcing candidates. The HR department must review all incoming applications and shortlist them accordingly. A variety of techniques have been employed to achieve this, including ATS screening, employee referrals, and internal talent utilization. However, as time progresses, it’s crucial to stay up-to-date with the latest sourcing candidate developments to ensure your company remains competitive in acquiring the desired talent. Companies must realize that applicants have the right to seek out the most suitable workplace for their needs, just as companies have the right to establish their requirements. This has become even more prevalent since the pandemic’s conclusion, with remote work being one of the most preferred options among candidates. A helpful tip for effective sourcing is to make the most of candidate engagement. Read the rest of this entry »

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