Following up with your job candidates after a round of interviews is more than just common decency and politeness—it’s actually good for your brand. And though it might seem like it’s time-consuming, it only takes several minutes to shoot out a few emails or make some quick phone calls. Aside from giving the candidates a positive experience with your company, it also gives you the chance to clarify information with candidates and allows them to ask any follow-up questions they might have. Here are five important reasons to follow up with candidates after interviews.
Give them closure
Be courteous and let candidates know as soon as you’ve made a decision, so they know whether to move on with their job searches or sit around and wait for you. Uncertainty is not a good feeling. Send an email, make a phone call, whatever it takes to be upfront and honest with your candidates. Some companies even make candidates wait in the lobby while they deliberate on them so they can chat with them in person.
Remember that job searches are stressful, so help to ease some of that stress for the job candidates by limiting their uncertainty. It doesn’t have to be a personalized response, it can be automated or generic. Just the act of sending something gives candidates some reassurance and shows that your company values feedback and appreciates the time and effort that candidates put in.
Honor your brand
Being respectful of candidates’ time and effort speaks a lot about your company and how you value individuals. Train your interviewers on how to conduct good interviews, to be punctual for interviews, for being prepared beforehand—that means writing questions ahead of time and reviewing resumes and cover letters. And it’s always nice to offer them coffee, tea, water, soda, or something with your company’s logo on it. Finally, the icing on the cake will be a prompt follow-up email or phone call when the interview’s over.
Build your reputation
The kinder, more courteous, and more respectful you are of your applicants, the better the experience will be for them. This means that even if you don’t hire them, they might apply to your company in the future for a different position or that they’ll tell their friends about how great the application process was for them. If you do end up making an offer to them, they’ll be more likely to accept because they’ll feel so welcome and respected.
Attract better talent
Finally, when applicants feel welcome and respected, they’ll be more likely to speak highly of you to their friends and family, encouraging them to apply with you as well. This means you’ll attract better talent in the future and those friends and family will be more likely to use your company’s products and services.
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