Dear Hiring Managers:
When hiring and interviewing potential Candidates please remember what it’s like to be on the other side of the Desk:
Treat candidates as if they were family members (the ones you like preferably). Throughout this Covid19 time I have had the opportunity to speak / connect with several Executives / VP’s who unfortunately were affected by the downturn and lost their jobs. As we discussed their job search and status of interviews, I sensed an uneasiness in their voice. Why?
I heard Statements like
- I thought it went well.
- They said I had the right skill set.
- I sent over my resume a few weeks ago but haven’t heard anything.
- I sent a thank you email but no response.
- They said they would be in touch next week and it has been 3.
- I saw the position was just re-posted.
I realize there are only so many hours in a day and recruiting is not your full time job, but there is a heart and soul to all of these people who you meet! They are fathers, mothers, daughters, sons, brothers, sisters …… you get the point! I bet if you thought of these candidates like a family member you would be sure to treat them with more love and respect.
Please Communicate: Lasting impressions for you and your organization matter: So, no matter what… leave all candidates with a positive lasting impression even if you don’t offer them a job! You never know when you will be meeting that person again or who that person knows. A thank you / no thank you email or call takes no more than 5 mins and could result in a referral to your top candidate.
And to all those Executives/VPs who were in the hiring chair previously, and will be again please take your candidate experience, and make sure to make a difference when hiring again! Be that great communicator who everyone would love to work for!
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