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4. Plan Wow-worthy Interviews
One dismal interview is enough to alienate some candidates—and sometimes, it’s more than bad chemistry. For example, an American Staffing Association survey found that inappropriate questions were the top dealbreaker for job seekers!
Needless to say, employers should ensure that their HR personnel and managers are skilled, thoroughly-trained interviewers. Beyond that, interviews are an opportunity to showcase what you have to offer. Make it part of your plan to impress every applicant. Show them why they want to be on your team.
5. Bend Over Backwards for Long-Distance Interviewees
- If you like a candidate enough to fly them in from afar, go the extra mile throughout their stay. Give them a warm welcome; host a reception in their honor. This is your chance to sell them on your company, culture and city—all of which help you get to “yes.”
Therefore, book your guests at a great hotel. Show them the town. If they’re seriously thinking about relocating, they’ll want to know everything about your area: housing costs, schools, and the lowdown on commuting. It’s in your interest to curate their experience.
6. Reimburse Travel Expenses Promptly
How long does it take you to reimburse candidates for their travel expenses? Four weeks? Six weeks? That’s pretty standard—but makes a terrible statement. Finding a way to reimburse travel expenses promptly will enhance your candidate’s experience and help you stand apart.
If your in-house accounting process can’t make it happen, consider outsourcing this function. For example, Candidate by UrbanBound ensures applicants are reimbursed in one week or less, while creating a dialogue and showcasing your company and city.
7. Give Candidates What They Want
Finally, when you’re extending a job offer, offer candidates what they want—beyond competitive compensation. Great work/life balance. Meaningful benefits (including stellar relocation benefits, when applicable). Opportunities for advancement.
These are the hallmarks of a warm, caring employer—and that’s what candidates really want to experience. The better you can convey this, the more impressed and intrigued your candidates will be. Every step of the way.