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The Candidate Experience Through Recruiting – HR Affiliates Blog

The candidate interview process was an introductory period for both the client and the company where both parties were taking time to learn about each other. Now, companies are in the hot seat. Candidates are eager to know how they will be compensated for their work outside of a paycheck. What will the company do to support its employees’ needs? Does the organization align with a candidate’s values? Recruitment has evolved with a focus on appealing to potential employees. 

We’ve all heard about the apparent “worker shortage.” Are there actually fewer workers, or are candidates more choosy about the companies they are willing to work for? As an employer, how do you make the best impression on potential employees? 

Be proactive and present. When recruiting, make the candidate feel welcome and that you are interested in them. Let them know that their skills are valued and they will play a crucial role. 

Keep the candidate informed. The hiring process can be tedious and take a long time. However, don’t leave your candidates in the dark. Even if you are reaching out just to provide updates or answer questions, keep them informed.

Communicate company culture. Let your candidates know what your company is all about. What are your team values? Do you support local nonprofits or engage in volunteer days? Does your team meet for Friday happy hour? You’ve heard the saying “fit first.” Be sure to communicate that fit from the very beginning so you get a good match. Of course, in order for this to work, you have to have a great company culture to offer. If not, talk with HRA about the steps you can take to help establish one.

Understand that word will get out. Candidates do a lot of research on prospective employers now, well beyond the company website. They look to see what current and past employees are saying about the organization and what it’s really like to work there. HRA can help you establish internal relationships that encourage positive work experiences.

When it comes to recruitment, the most important step is to be a great employer. Candidate recruitment starts from within. If you can establish a pleasant work environment with a satisfied team, you’ve already set yourself up for success. Reach out to HRA at 502-485-9675 for more information on how to improve your recruitment process.

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