The holidays can be a stressful time of year for everyone. Here are a few tips for keeping job candidates engaged during the holiday season:
- Be Extra Flexible– It’s important to follow up with job candidates in a timely manner to keep them interested. Unless arranged directly with a prospect, avoid candidate outreach on actual holidays. There’s a time for everyone to take a break a few days out of the year and the last thing most anyone wants to do is work or talk about work on a holiday. Be prepared for candidates to ask to reschedule interviews more so than usual. Try to be as understanding as possible. Also, consider scheduling with some candidates until after the holidays. Certain ones might perform better after the craziness of the season passes.
- Be Patient– It’s important to be mindful that candidates may take longer than usual to follow up during this time of year. Be careful about being too pushy to get a response from a candidate. Some might be a little slower than usual due to the all-encompassing holiday cheer. Job candidates are likely juggling holiday social engagements, time with family, travel, and hectic personal and professional schedules depending on their field of work while they are looking for a new job.
However, did you know that recruiting candidates during the holidays, especially the week between Christmas and New Year’s can be ideal timing? Some people are off work typically and can start to get bored or are setting New Year’s resolutions, possibly for a new job so your outreach then may be perfect. Not to mention, the candidates will even have time to speak with you since they might not be stuck in back to back meetings. Many large companies also put hiring on hold over end-of-year, and that can give more flexible organizations an advantage. You might find it surprising that the holiday period is supposed to be slow when recruiting but invariably ends up busy in some instances.
- Be Merry– Don’t forget to send holiday greetings to prospects. Send good wishes and hope for positive responses from candidates. It’s a nice way to show that you care, that the recruiting process is personal and that it’s not just about filling positions as soon as possible.
I hope you found this advice helpful. Happy Holidays from everyone at Recruiting Bandwidth!