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5 Easy Ways to be an Attractive Employer

1. Be transparent about your hiring process

A very simple addition to the job posting is to add some details about the hiring process. When can applicants expect to hear back? When is the job expected to be filled by? These details help you appear organized and transparent, as well as understanding of applicants’ concerns. Even a rough timeline is better than leaving applicants completely in the dark.

2. List the company benefits & perks

Another quick few sentences in the job description will immediately boost your appeal as an employer. A list of the perks of working at a company is surprisingly rare to find in job postings, and give insight and encouragement to apply. If there is a full health or benefits package, this is an easy task, but even if there are no formal benefits, every company has its perks.

Consider listing items like flexible hours, dog-friendly days, bagel Wednesdays, drinks fridge or free coffee. It’s often the small details that give a company personality and make it more appealing.

3. Have an easy application process

No matter how wonderful your benefits are, any applicant will start to hate a company after spending over half an hour applying to a single job. Lengthy screening questions, personality tests, generic or unrelated questions and asking for too much information as part of the application process is a sure-fire way to lose applicants.

Instead, consider what information is most useful and pertinent to the role to initially screen applicants, and focus on that. Do you really need a list of references or why a candidate left their last 3 jobs to determine whether to phone-screen them? No.

4. Reply to all job applicants

This is one of the easiest ways to stand out above other employers: a simple rejection letter. Job applicants of all levels hate not knowing if they got the job or not. Should they hold on hope, for how long? Or should they just move forward? Sending a quick rejection email notifying applicants that you’ve moved on with other candidates is a nice courtesy, and one that leaves recipients with a good impression of you as an employer.

Set up an email template in your online system for this purpose, so it doesn’t have to be a chore.

5. Make your office space friendly

The interview stage is an opportunity for candidates to get an idea of your company culture and what it’s like to work there. Take a moment and pretend you are looking at your office for the first time. How welcoming and friendly is the atmosphere? Some items you may not have much control over (the lighting, the furniture, the cubicles), but some small, inexpensive changes can make a big difference. Consider adding plants and hanging or updating artwork. Here at HireGround we have a couple of walls covered in whiteboard paint: writing on walls is useful, colourful and fun.

Take a look at how this company decorated their walls with sticky notes.

Instead of quickly ushering interviewees into a closed room, take the ‘scenic route’ or give a quick tour of the space. Another nice touch is to introduce one or two key employees.

What are you doing to show you’re a great employer?

5 Ways to Get Recruiting Results: Whitepaper

We’re thrilled to share our latest whitepaper with you: “5 Ways to Get Recruiting Results” looks at how to examine your hiring practices to see where things could be improved, and offers solid and actionable ways to do so. Whether this is attracting qualified candidates, creating a better experience or screening applicants, there’s always room for improvement somewhere

The whitepaper discusses these 5 topics:

  1. Candidate experience
  2. Social sourcing & SEO
  3. Speed of hire
  4. Assessment tools
  5. Big Data & HR

Take a look at current technology trends and see how small changes can improve your recruiting results.

Download the full whitepaper here.

3 Steps to a Better Candidate Experience

Did you know that over 70% of candidates find the job application experience “discouraging”?

Applying for jobs is generally agreed to be time-consuming, stressful and far from straightforward. Employers may be tempted to say “too bad” …but that would be a huge mistake, because 42 percent of those candidates would never seek a job at your company again, and a further 1 in 5 candidates would tell others not to purchase products or services from your company.

A bad applicant experience can have major consequences. Your goal as an employer is to attract and hire top talent, so having a reputation based on a “discouraging” or “stressful” process is not doing you any favours.

What can you do? Here are 3 steps to take to make your application process friendly and positive for candidates. Continue reading 3 Steps to a Better Candidate Experience

NEW: Post to More Job Boards with One Click

The latest update from HireGround add two more job boards to our list of sites we can post your jobs to: Glassdoor.com and Eluta.ca.

Gain better visibility for your jobs without doing any more work. Edits made in our StartDate Applicant Tracking system will be reflected across all job boards, and you have control over when the posting is removed.

With our Job Advertising Package, we now post to the following sites: Indeed, SimplyHired, WowJobs, Trovit, HireGroundJobs, Eluta and Glassdoor.

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One Simple Way to Improve your Hiring Data

We have a great, long-time client whose team does something interesting: they write a note on each applicant to say why that person didn’t make the cut. We thought this was such a great idea we incorporated rejection reasons into our new software from the very beginning. Whether you track this information with manual notes, or as part of a system feature, this information can help you in many ways. We’ve listed six, and hope they’ll make you consider tracking rejections as part of your process. Continue reading One Simple Way to Improve your Hiring Data