Imagine a situation:
You‚Äôve set up an interview on the phone with a candidate.
It‚Äôs immediately obvious that you won‚Äôt be submitting this candidate due client changing the specs/job requirements‚Äîor maybe you realize they‚Äôre just not a good fit.
What do you do?
Do you let them off the hook quickly? Because‚Ä¶ they‚Äôre not going to get the job, so why waste time?
Do you spend the bare minimum on the phone with them?
My take? NO.
It‚Äôs important to treat each and every candidate as though they are a hot commodity and with respect. Make them feel excited and valued (even if you know they aren‚Äôt going to get the job). And besides just the emotional and human side, you should still spend time learning as much as you can about the candidate because even though they might not be a fit for this job, they could be the #1 pick for a different one in the future! Never burn a bridge.
Also, it‚Äôs important to get to that point of knowledge, respect, and value for our candidates to protect our brand and that of our clients. How you treat talent is a representation of your company and whom you‚Äôre hiring for‚Äîdon‚Äôt forget that!
Don‚Äôt dump a candidate even if you think you‚Äôre not going to submit them. WHY?
- They could have a referral
- That person could be a hiring manager now or in the future
- They could refer candidates and/or more business
- They could be a fit for another job you get next week and you‚Äôd have a preliminary date for them
- You could also get a split if someone else uses the candidate and you documented them in your ATS and kept track of your data properly
Leave a good taste in their mouth, and they‚Äôll come back.