Let’s say you just interviewed a candidate for a job opening and now you have to decide whether to hire them. Right after the interview you most knew whether whether or not the candidate is a good fit for the position, but you wait to follow up for whatever reason. If this scenario sounds familiar, it is time to re-think the way you approach following up with candidates.
Making a Decision
After interviewing a candidate, you most likely have an idea in your head. Even if the candidate interviewed with a couple people in the office, it doesn’t take long to get together and discuss. This is why it shouldn’t take long to make a decision about a candidate. Even if you really liked the individual, you should quickly know if they are a top contender.
Giving a Timely Response
There is nothing more frustrating than waiting for a response after a job interview. Many companies can take anywhere from one day to three weeks before they follow up with a candidate. In this fast paced lifestyle, it is time to jump on board and begin responding to candidates quicker.
As mentioned earlier, after an interview you probably have a good idea about a candidate. It shouldn’t take more than 48 hours to follow up in some way. If you know right away it won’t work, go ahead and send them a rejection letter or email. At least at this point they are no longer waiting for an answer and they can move on with their search. If you think the candidate is a great fit, let them know. If you think a candidate is “the one” let them know that they are a top contender for the position and a decision should be made in X days.
Representing The Company
The first impression a candidate gets about a company is usually through the interview. Before the interview the only knowledge of a candidate is from hear say, the company website, or the company’s social media content. Keep in mind when interviewing candidates that you are the only face of the company they see. Taking a long time to follow up with a candidate is a bad look for the company. Not responding in a timely matter is just like saying the candidate isn’t important.
Following up after an interview is just as important as the interview itself. There is no reason not to give any type of answer. The longer it takes to respond to a candidate the more they loose interest in the company.