A new school year has recently begun for children everywhere, and there’s something about the season that feels like a fresh start for adults, too. In the spirit of turning over a new leaf (yes, that’s a terrible fall-related pun), we have a few suggestions for improving your recruitment efforts, with a specific focus on the candidate experience.
Daily Tasks the Improve the Candidate Experience
- Use your daily planner. Kids might call it an assignment notebook – a nicely bound book that has dates, subjects and spaces to plan homework due dates. Use the grown-up version (or a mobile app) to write down your daily to-dos and tasks, as well as long-term goals. If you’re not fond of paper and aren’t so savvy with your smartphone, you can create your own planner online using a calendar template or simply write out a list of your own design. Regardless of the layout, the purpose is to keep yourself on schedule because this ultimately impacts the candidate experience. Whether it’s phone interviews, follow-up e-mails or other basic tasks, staying on track will keep job seekers happy, as well as your boss.
- Set some ground rules. Many teachers set classroom rules and incorporate the desires of their students at the beginning of each school year. Set some rules for yourself regarding your own conduct as it relates to the candidate experience. We would suggest treating candidates with respect, working to maintain relationships and staying on top of your recruitment process. This helps students win friends in school, and it will help you in the workplace. Even if someone is not a fit for a particular position, you should maintain a good relationship because they may be a fit for something later on.
- Organize your space. When kids go home for the day, their teachers require them to clean their desks and put everything away. This lets the students start fresh every morning. While you may not have a teacher watching your follow-through, try and organize your space at the end of each day. Leave your to-do list for the next day in a clearly visible spot, throw away any trash and organize your papers. By doing so, you’ll be ready to go when you arrive the next day and can place your full attention on your candidates.
Aside from these basics, what other small changes do you suggest that can improve the candidate experience for job seekers at your company?