Call Me Maybe? Top communication tips for recruiters

Tips for recruitersIn the world of recruitment, first contact is everything. Irrespective of the channel used, how recruiters initially interact with candidates informs the entire relationship from then on.

While in the past recruiters might have introduced themselves and mostly communicated with candidates over the phone, candidates now have their own preference of multiple different communication channels. Channels such as social media, mobile phone, tweets, texts, email and IM have all become great ways for recruiters to reach their prospective candidates, but as we know, there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. With this in mind we have compiled a list of tips for recruiters to help them understand which channels work best for target candidates.

Think about your target audience

Don’t attempt to engage with candidates via a communication channel they don’t use or, worse still, dislike being contacted through.

In this respect, you need to determine the most appropriate method(s) of contact. In our list of tips for recruiters we advise establishing initial contact with candidates via email, as email is immediate, professional and most importantly, unobtrusive. But before you type up your email and hit send, there are a few things you need to keep in mind:

The above is just to get you started. Think of email as the bridge which joins the gap between you and your candidate. It may not be their ideal method of communication, but you have no way of knowing that until you ask them and that’s what the email is for – and once you have that, you should move on to what they prefer.

To learn more about how to engage more effectively with candidates, click here

Recruiters: you’re only ever as good as your word.

One of the most important tips for recruiters is to make sure you follow through on your promises. If you promise to keep in touch or update candidates on their progress, ensure you do.

For any candidate, what’s truly disappointing is never receiving feedback on an application. By failing to articulate feedback to both parties, whether the candidate turns the job down, or the client declines the candidate – you need to make sure everyone remains informed. By proving yourself as someone who provides concise, accurate feedback, you’ll establish yourself as someone who puts the needs of both candidates and clients first.

This becomes even more relevant as you work your way up through the seniority levels, from graduates to senior management to CEOs, you should be consistent throughout. Cultivating strong, professional relationships with all of your contacts will enable you to secure more opportunities in the future. If you take these tips for recruiters on board and implement them as standard practice, no matter what medium you choose, your candidates will be confident in your ability to represent them.