As a recruiter, many times you feel powerless as you can’t really control what happens in an interview. It’s as if your performance is being judged based on something you cannot completely control.
While it's true that you can’t take the interview for your candidate, you can certainly do things that will dramatically increase your chances of filling a position. lets get to it:
- Make sure the candidate shows up on time: This might seem silly but I can’t even count the number of times a candidate has showed up late for an interview or not shown up at all! This is an easy but really valuable problem to solve, Just set a reminder to call your candidate a couple hours before his interview to nudge him to go. You can use Recruit CRM to do this ;)
- Send Details About The Company & Job: A day before the interview, just email the candidate a bunch of information about the company and specific role he/she is interviewing for. Nothing's more embarrassing than not knowing exactly what you’re interviewing for or what the company does.
- Talk To Hiring Managers More: Get hiring managers to tell you exactly what kind of a person they’re looking for. This is not their fantasy of a perfect hire but someone you meets the minimum bar. Expectations have to be set upfront. You can’t expect to pay $40K a year for a VP with 20 years of relevant experience.
- Understand What Each Candidate Is Looking For: There’s only one thing worse than clients not liking any of the candidates you send: A selected candidate not joining because he doesn’t feel like it. Spend time figuring out if the candidate actually wants the job, this will save you a lot of heartache.
- Send A Personal Note: Send a personal note to hiring managers before the interview highlighting the strengths of the candidate and why they’ll be a great fit for the company. Works like a charm :)