Last week we explored how the dynamics of recruiting the best candidates requires exploring new and innovative solutions. With the rise in accessibility and connectivity to mobile devices, a shift in the process is necessary. Implementing a business texting service as part of the workflow to attract, communicate and hire candidates has proven successful. Not only does it help expedite time to hire, it provides an exceptional candidate experience that sets your organization apart of others.
Many of our customers have asked us for some examples of how recruiters are using TextBetter as their business texting service. While this isn’t a complete list, here are 6 of the most common ways a business texting service is leveraged by recruiters.
One of the biggest challenges we hear for a recruiter is the time it takes to coordinate interviews. Using a business texting services helps eliminate the unproductive and time consuming phone tag, voicemail and email madness. Even the very best sticky notes, calendaring and task based systems don’t compare to the efficiency and responsiveness of a text message. As it relates to scheduling, a business texting service can help you schedule as well as send reminders about their upcoming interview.
Hi Jake, this is Megan from Children’s Mercy. We would like to move forward with a scheduling an interview for the informatics position you applied for. What’s your availability on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week?
*As a side note, text is also effective for scheduling subsequent interviews, too.
Use a business texting service to remind candidates of their upcoming interview, to bring and/or submit required information such as a resume, job specific information and events such as job fairs. Also consider using it to send instructions for when they arrive for their interview, dress code, parking information or any last minute notifications the candidate should be aware of.
“Hi Bob, just sending you a reminder about your interview scheduled tomorrow at 1:00 pm with the VP of Sales. When you arrive, please park in the east visitor parking. Someone will be at the front to greet you as you walk into the building and take you back for your interview. Good luck!”
Interview Follow Up
How great is it to receiving feedback from your recruits/candidates? That feedback is so valuable and critical to the process! Use a business texting service to collect feedback formally or informally. The ability to send a link to a survey page is something that can be easily leveraged via text.
*Consider using text throughout the process, even post hire.
“Melissa, I’m anxious to hear how your interview went this morning…I really hope it went well. I’d appreciate your thoughts on the process and your experience so far. Would you mind taking 3 minutes to complete this survey? http://interviewfeedback.com. Thanks!
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported late last year the median employee tenure was 4.3 years for men and 4.0 years for women. With workers spending five years or less in every job, so they are devoting more time and energy finding and transitioning from one job to another. The successful recruiter is one who is up-to-date on trends in their industry and who keeps in touch with candidates letting them know that they’re a resource as they look to change positions or are looking for a specific opportunity. A business texting service enables these brief and simple texts to happen.
“Andy, it’s Nathan from Excel Solutions. Are you still in financial services? I’d like to connect and share a couple of positions you may be interested in. Thanks and let me know!”
Some may say that effective candidate screening is part art and part science. Using a business texting service can help facilitate interest in the position from the candidate’s perspective by sending a quick text. Everyone would love to eliminate the dreaded phone tag game, right? By using text at the top-of-the-funnel to screen helps create much higher quality and more meaningful in-person interviews as the candidates are truly screened and ready for the next step in the process.
“Hi Rich, thank you for your interest in working with us. Before we schedule an interview, I just want to make sure we’re aligned on compensation. What are your salary expectations with this job?”
Candidate experience is such an important focus in the entire recruitment lifecycle. Provide candidates with first class experience with personalizing messages along the way. Implementing a business texting service in your processes will lead to happier candidates and ultimately faster hires.
TextBetter™ is a business-texting service that makes it easy to send or receive texts from your landline number. Our cloud-based service effortlessly integrates into your existing business model, without having to install new software or change how you do business. Through our three separate product offerings, we proudly cater to organizations of all sizes: TextBetter Basic, TextBetter Business, TextBetter Enterprise.