When it comes to hiring, some employers act like they hold
all the cards. But, even in today's economy, the best
people--the ones you really want--have other options.
Smart companies continue to recruit strategically, and they
recognize that a big part of recruiting success depends
on how you treat job seekers.
In this issue of Staff Matters, you'll discover the top five
ways you can make a great first impression on potential
employees. Follow these steps, and you'll be sure to attract
more of the best and brightest to your organization.
I hope you enjoy these ideas! And please contact Contemporary
Personnel Staffing for more great ideas on how to attract the
best employees to your organization.
Laurie Liechty, President
Contemporary Personnel Staffing and Professionals Incorporated
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|The Challenge: Make the right first impression on potential employees.
The 60 Second Solution:
A smart candidate dresses to impress. Spends hours reviewing
his or her resume. And prepares endlessly for your interview.
But what about the employer?
All too often, organizations do little or nothing to manage the
impressions they create on prospective employees. Their lack of
preparation can make the company seem disinterested, unprofessional
or even arrogant. In the worst cases, a botched interview can
actually damage the reputation of the company. And once your
reputation is damaged, you will never attract top talent.
So how can you protect your company?
- Respect the candidate's time.
- Share your hiring timeline. Most employers know when they will
make a hiring decision, yet many leave the candidates out in the dark.
Share this information with the candidate so they know exactly
what to expect.
- Respond in a timely manner. Nothing is worse than waiting by
the phone. If a candidate is no longer being considered, let him or
her know so that they can move on. And if you like someone, let
them know as soon as possible--or you may lose them to the competition.
- Don't leave 'em waiting. Ever go to the doctor's office and wait
for hours, even though you were on time for your appointment?
It's aggravating to say the least. Value your candidate's time.
If they are on time for their interview, be on time as well.
- Tell the truth.
Be upfront about the position, your culture
and the expectations. Don't oversell the job or your organization.
If you overpromise, you're likely to end up with an unhappy employee
and performance will suffer. Also, be realistic about opportunities
for future pay raises and promotions.
- Share salary information.
You know how much you are willing to pay,
the job seeker doesn't. Most employers hold out on offering salary
information until the candidate reveals their expectations in hopes
of getting a better deal. If you lowball a candidate, you risk
losing the candidate to someone who is willing to pay them fair
market value. Plus, if an employee winds up making less than they
think they're worth, it can have a negative impact on their future
productivity and motivation.
Looking for more ways to improve your hiring process? We can help!
Call Contemporary Personnel Staffing and Professionals Incorporated today at 315-457-2500.
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