Tips on Responding to Job Seekers

By Carleigh Lowe Friday, September 18, 2009

Our friend, Matt Cholerton offers many great tips on his blog Everyone Hates HR. Check out his latest post on responding to job seekers, he makes some fantastic points and gives you tips on how to weed through the resumes. Below is an excerpt:

Respond to Job Seekers

With this tanker economy, there's been no shortage of articles and anecdotes about the shabby treatment doled out to job seekers - like here in this NY Times piece.

There is increased, and valid, criticism about the lack of communication with job seekers, even final stage candidates. I know it can be absolutely overwhelming to find and navigate a candidate through interviewing and onboarding. Responding to every applicant that floods your email on top of that seems undoable. Especially, at a startup where there is more to do than fits in a day - usually without a dedicated HR rep. As we open a new position here at my company I want to do better.

Here are a few strategies I suggest to help:

#1 Add some additional tasks to the job posting, and make it clear you'll only respond to applicants who respond to your additional requests. For example, ask applicants to name their favorite product in your line and why. Perhaps it's just asking them for the last book they read and loved? These additional, and non-traditional, requests can give you clear insight into an applicant's personality. More importantly, they serve as an immediate screening tool to gauge genuine interest. Seekers spamming their resume widely and blindly stand out like a sore thumb - as not being specifically 'into' your opportunity. You can also use the posting to notify applicants that it might be as long as a week or two before they hear from you while you receive and screen folks.

Respond to Job Seekers

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