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Wow Your Applicants: Your Guide to an Exceptional Candidate Experience

by | Apr 3, 2024 | Hiring Tips

Let’s talk about something that’s often overlooked but oh-so-important: the candidate experience. Picture this: you’re on the hunt for a new team member for your insurance agency, franchise, small business, or car dealership. Eventually, you think you found someone with all the right qualifications. After a few days they don’t take the assessment and so you decide to give them a call… maybe they answer, maybe they don’t. 

Not ideal, right? That’s why providing an exceptional candidate experience is crucial, and I’ve got some tips to help you wow your applicants every step of the way.

Candidate experience isn’t just a buzzword—it’s a game-changer. It’s a job-seekers market and they’re not just looking for a paycheck—they want a positive experience from start to finish.

First impressions matter. That’s especially true when it comes to your application process. Think about how frustrating it is to fill out an application form, only to hit “submit” and hear ….. *crickets*.  It’s happened to all of us. So, streamline your application process; make it user-friendly and don’t leave candidates hanging. A little communication will go a long way.

No one likes feeling like just another number in the hiring process. So, personalize your communication. Address candidates by name, reference specific details from their resume or cover letter, and show genuine interest in their skills and experiences. It’s all about making them feel valued and appreciated.

Let’s get real for a second.. rejection stings. But you know what stings even more? Radio silence. If you’ve decided not to move forward with a candidate let them know promptly and respectfully. To show your appreciation that they applied you can provide constructive feedback. Maybe they knocked it out of the park in the interview but fell short on technical skills. Tell them! It’s not just about saying “no,” it’s about helping them grow and improve for future opportunities. Maybe they’ll re-apply after they improve their skills or maybe they become a future client because of the respect you showed them.

Onto the interview. It’s your chance to shine and show candidates what makes your company special. Welcome them with a smile, give them a glimpse into your exciting company culture, and ask about their interests and hobbies. Show them that you see them as a person, not just a potential employee.

Now, how do you know if you’re hitting the mark with candidate experience? 

Metrics.

Keep an eye on things like application rates, assessment completion %, time to hire, candidate satisfaction scores, and how many people ghost you. And don’t stop there—listen to feedback. Whether it’s through surveys or informal conversations, take note of what candidates have to say and use it to make improvements.

That’s it — your go-to guide for wowing your applicants. Remember, providing an exceptional candidate experience isn’t just the right thing to do—it’s good for business. So, put yourself in your candidates’ shoes, treat them with respect and kindness, and watch as your employer brand flourishes. Happy hiring!

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