Landing the Ideal Applicant

Tired of getting rejected by the perfect job applicant? We get it. It’s super frustrating when you find an ideal candidate that turns you down. Suddenly, you’re back to ground zero, comparing every applicant to the one that got away.  Luckily, we have some strategies that will make your company more appealing for the applicant and, hopefully, reduce those disheartening rejections.

  • Build the relationship:
    • Before the interview, make sure you’ve done your research on the candidate so that you can have an open conversation. Show genuine interest in their person beyond just their fit for the job. One pro tip: consider having the interview outside of the office. This will likely make the candidate feel less intimidated and facilitate easy conversation.
  • Make it a group effort
    • The candidate will feel more drawn to your company if you make them feel needed. Have them talk to multiple members of your team, and make sure everyone communicates the ways in which this candidate will help grow the company. But, before doing so, it’s important to ensure that your messaging is consistent. Have a conversation with your staff so that you’re all on the same page.
  • Bring in the Big Guy
    • It’s an added bonus to involve your CEO in some way, whether it’s a quick phone call or a personal note. The candidate wants to feel recognized and leveraging the power dynamic in your company is an easy way to seal the deal.
  • Give them positive feedback!
    • People like to know when they’ve a good job. If they nail a question in the interview, tell them. A little praise goes a long way.
  • Give them an offer they can’t refuse
    • If they’re the one, and you really need them, make sure they can’t turn down your offer. Maybe that includes a large signing bonus. Maybe their offer has some extra perks like work from home Fridays. Whatever it is, don’t let them walk away from it.
  • Do it in Person
    • People have a much harder time turning down a face than they do a voice on the end of the line, or a string of words in an email. If you can meet with them in person to offer them the job (or even offer it to them right after the interview!), you’re more likely to get that “yes!”.

With these tricks, you won’t have to review a bunch more resumes. But if you’re sick of the process entirely, let us do the work. We’re here to help!


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