If you want your business to thrive, securing top talent is a must. Today, it is a job seekers market, so companies are forced to compete fiercely for the best and brightest candidates. And those who fail to meet candidate expectations are practically guaranteed to struggle.
Unless your organization uses the right approach, missing out on a genuinely skilled job seeker will happen. Luckily, there are things you can do to make sure you stop losing out on the best available candidates. Here’s how to get started.
Make Your Best Offer Immediately
When you know you have a great job seeker in your hands, getting into a lengthy salary negotiation can work against you. Most professionals despise a long back-and-forth, and the time required to complete the process could mean that they will accept an offer from a competitor before you finish the negotiation.
Instead of assuming you need to start low and negotiate to reach an acceptable rate, in today’s climate, you need to lead off with your best offer. Consider how much value the candidate provides, and the cost of returning to the recruitment process and the reason for being so bold is clear.
Extend an Offer Quickly
Similar to the point above, waiting to extend an offer also won’t produce the best results. Once you complete the final interview round and know which job seeker can excel in the role, you need to act quickly. Otherwise, if they are truly talented, there is a decent shot a competitor may scoop them up before you have a chance.
Even if you need a few days to create a written offer, extend a verbal one as fast as you can. Let the candidate know what the written offer will say and try to get a verbal confirmation that they accept. That way, you increase the odds they will end their search while the formal process is in progress.
Focus on Engagement
If you can’t make an offer quickly, you need to focus on engagement during the interim. Communicate with the candidate frequently to ensure they understand how the process is moving forward.
Ideally, you want to actually call the job seeker instead of merely sending an email. This helps forge a more personal connection, making it more likely they will be patient. If you do need to rely on email, make sure the message is highly personalized, as form letters can be off-putting.
However, even if you can extend an offer quickly, that doesn’t mean you should ignore engagement. By interacting with the candidate regularly, you can keep them excited about the opportunity. Additionally, it gives you the ability to complete certain other hiring steps in a timely manner, particularly if you can begin the onboarding process before their first day.
By following the tips above, you can avoid missing out on the best available candidates. If you would like to know more about effective hiring, the staff at CPS Recruitment can help. Contact us to speak one of our knowledgeable team members today and see how our hiring expertise can benefit you.