Helping New Recruits Keep the Enthusiasm Alive

March 14, 2018 By: Dave Rietsema
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The goal of every recruiter is to perfectly match a candidate with a job, leaving the candidate satisfied for the long haul and filling the vacancy for the company. Unfortunately, this goal is often a dream and high new employee turnover rates are the reality. While a certain amount of responsibility falls to the new employer and new employee after the position has been taken, there are a few things that you can do to help ensure satisfaction on all sides.

Keep Your Interview Process Well Organized

A jaunty interview process that doesn’t cover all the bases may leave the candidate feeling disgruntled before they even start the job. Further, a disorganized interview process may allow crucial information to be left out, so that the recruit ends up with a position that he or she isn’t qualified for or is overqualified for. By taking the time to organize your interview process for each candidate, you may help to secure a better fit.

Understand the Position Requirements

Rushing through reading the job requirements and failing to follow up with questions may leave you unprepared to properly “sell” the job to your candidate, or worse yet, may leave them uninformed about what the position entails. Take time to find out exactly what is required in the position and log information about many aspects of how the company operates. This will help to boost the likelihood of success for the recruit.

Set Realistic Expectations

Once you have a job on the line that you feel will be perfect for a candidate, it’s easy to get swept up in your own enthusiasm. While enthusiasm is good and necessary, make sure that you don’t understate the less desirable points of the job or overstate the benefits. Setting realistic expectations takes skill, but can make all the difference when it comes to job satisfaction for the new recruit.

Make Sure That the Position Suits the Candidate

If a candidate is overqualified for a job prospect that you bring to them, it can be insulting. If a candidate is under qualified, it can be flattering but can also cause them to fail at the position or to quickly become overwhelmed. Before bringing a job prospect to a candidate, make sure that the position is suitable for the candidate so that they don’t turn it down flat or take the position and lose enthusiasm for it quickly.

Work Closely with the Prospective Company

While you’ll obviously be working closely with a candidate to find a job that suits their needs and qualifications, working closely with a prospective company to ensure a good fit can help to promote longevity. It may help to visit the company or take a 360 degree virtual tour in order to get a feel for the culture and environment. Establishing a contact in the department with an opening may also be a good idea.

There are many steps that can be taken to best match a new recruit to a position so that they continue to be enthusiastic about the position after accepting it. While the ideas stated above can be helpful, job fit is ultimately very delicate and specific to the candidate and the job. Tailor your recruitment process to each individual for the greatest chances of success.


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