You’ve reviewed dozens of resumes, conducted multiple rounds of interviews and made your hiring selection. The trouble is, when you present the offer to your first pick candidate, they decline. They’ve accepted a position elsewhere. What gives?
If this scenario has happened to you repeatedly, you could be losing out on great candidates for a variety of reasons. Here’s a look at two of them:
You’re not selling the opportunity.
Sure, a job interview is a chance for a candidate to show you why they’re the best fit for the position. But it’s also a chance for you to sell the opportunity – and the perks of working at your company – to the candidate.
When interviewing, it’s important to explain to candidates why they should want to work for you. What can you offer that other employers typically don’t? For instance, are you an industry leader? Do you provide higher compensation than the competition? Or do you offer flexible working opportunities? It’s important for each candidate to walk away from the interview with an understanding of what makes your job so attractive.
You don’t tell candidates where they stand.
As one of the top staffing agencies in Charlottesville, we hear candidates complain all the time about past interviewing experiences with employers. They thought an interview went well and were told they’d be contacted within a week. Three weeks later, they still hadn’t heard anything.
Not only will treating candidates this way cause you to lose them, but it will also leave a bad taste in their mouths. When future opportunities open up at your company, they’ll think twice about applying.
Remember too, while you’re trying to make a hiring decision, candidates are still conducting their job searches. When you take too long to communicate where candidates stand in the hiring process, you’ll lose them to another company.
If the above reasons aren’t true for you – yet candidates are regularly rejecting your offers, ask new hires what worked and didn’t work for them during the hiring process. Specifically, ask which features / benefits most compelled them to accept the job, which made no impact, and which made them almost turn down the job. When you know what’s working – and what’s not – in your offers, you can develop a better pitch that’s more enticing to candidates.
Need more help attracting and retaining great candidates? We can help. As one of the top staffing agencies in Charlottesville, we have the knowledge and expert team in place to help you find and hire top talent, the first time.