As a hiring manager, do you often feel that there is a communication barrier between you, your colleagues, and your job candidates? The reason you feel this, is because most likely it is true. Recent information has shown that there is a large communication gap in the hiring process today, which has accounted for the difficult in finding quality candidates, and why so many job searchers are frustrated.
It is important that you break the communication barrier, if it exists, in your hiring process. Here are the most common barriers today – do any of these sound familiar to you?
- Respect and communication often go hand in hand. If you are asking your candidates to complete a lengthy online application, or email you their cover letter and resume, then you must give them the courtesy of a response back. Often, no response if given to a candidate when they complete what has been asked of them. A simple email response at least will alert the candidate that their information was received, and when they should expect to hear something.
- It is no secret that your time is valuable and your plate is very full! You do not have time for the endless parade of questions from candidates. Perhaps, you need to provide more information about your hiring process, the length, what is required, etc. Post this information online, and refer to it in your job ads. This will give candidates the answers they are looking for and less questions you will need to answer.
- While social media has become more popular in recruiting and a great tool for hiring managers, you need to make sure that you are not just using it a posting tool. Social media is a two-way communication tool. Make sure you are answering questions, communicating when you receive a resume, and maybe even create FAQ’s or information regarding your process for easy reference.
Communication breakdown is the number one complaint among job candidates today! With all of the tools available to use today, it is important that you break those communication barriers!
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