Recruiting and hiring great job candidates can be a grueling process, especially in the current candidate-friendly job market.
That means hiring managers and HR teams should strive to make the recruiting, interviewing, and onboarding process as pleasant and seamless as possible.
But just how vital is an inclusive candidate-to-employee recruiting experience? The human resources software and systems experts at Sapling weighed in in a recent article:
“Research by Brandon Hall Group found that organizations with a strong onboarding process improve new hire retention by 82 percent and productivity by over 70 percent.
Talent scarcity and high turnover are among the biggest challenges organizations will face in 2022—so it’s important to engage and retain employees from day 1. A strong employee onboarding process can help you accomplish that, while also helping new hires ramp faster, so they can be productive sooner.”
That’s a great point. And the more inclusive your candidate experience, the better the chances of converting a great new employee.
This post will provide three straightforward tips on what inclusion in the recruiting and hiring process entails and how to create an inclusive candidate-to-employee experience.
So what exactly is candidate inclusion?
Some job candidates will become employees, and others will not. It’s important that you make all feel welcome and comfortable during their time spent with your team. Employer networks are more important than ever, so you want your company to be viewed positively by all job applicants and candidates.
Candidates can also resurface in your talent pipeline for future open positions. Positive prior relationships will only help your recruiting efforts.
How can human resources teams promote inclusion for candidates and new hires?
Here are a few simple suggestions for candidates:
- Spend Appropriate Time with the Prescreening and Interview Processes for All Candidates
- Provide Timely, Courteous Communications, Including Rejection Letters
- Make Sure All Candidates Are Treated with Respect and Courtesy In All Interactions
Here are a few more for new hires:
- Encourage Internships and Mentoring Programs
- Encourage Career and Leadership Programs
- Encourage Participation and Solicit Feedback from All New Employees In Meetings, Activities, etc.
- Have Documented Policies for New Employees to Pursue Promotions, Advancement, and Education
Above all, there must be buy-in from leadership.
An Inclusive candidate experience starts at the top.
Inclusivity is a critical facet of any corporate culture. It’s also a mindset that starts at the top of the org chart. If your executive and management teams are passionate about promoting inclusivity, it will permeate the entire company, and every employee will benefit.
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