We want to get someone’s attention and have a conversation.
Even with 4.88 billion people using the Internet (along with 5.3 billion unique mobile users), communication has become incredibly challenging.
Heck, ‘ghosting’ has even become a term. Throw in a pandemic and somehow, we are in the most candidate driven market you may ever have known.
If you have read The Robot-Proof Recruiter, you may recall that companies had all the control decades before.
Job seekers would look for roles in a newspaper, and they wouldn’t know:
You never left a job without another. Employer brand and EVP? They didn’t exist. Companies ruled by carrot and a stick, and you were lucky to have a job.
People stayed, even when mistreated.
and one quick search on the Internet will reveal thousands of job possibilities, salary expectations, and available reviews.
How a company treated its people was once opaque. Now, it’s right there for people to see.
Even the most hyper personalized InMail fall on deaf ears because people won’t open their LinkedIn messages for fear of being confronted with piles of recruitment spam.
Promotions Sr. Product Manager role - Hey! Are you looking
Updates Bay Area Design [BAD] Recruiter at TEKsystems - Sometimes, the best way
Updates Sr. Software Engineer, AWS - We are looking for a Senior
Updates Account Executive for Enterprise SaaS - I stumbled across
Updates Product Operations Manager, Growth - Hi Anush, I hope that
Updates HIRING QUICK! Senior CX Manager role - Hi! I came across
Updates Data Scientist, Applications - We are looking for a Data
He shared the exquisite InMail he had received from Weston at Google. It’s personalized and clearly shows that Weston had read Paul’s profile. The Twittersphere was so impressed by this rare instance of relevant communication that it has been retweeted over 5500 times.
As it turns out, Paul tweeted it nearly 11 months after the InMail was sent –– which means it took him almost a year to open LinkedIn and see it.
Imagine if Weston had emailed him directly?
The pandemic forced technology onto those who had been avoiding it and created confidence in those who used it rarely. Access to technology - right there in the palm of their hand - allows them the opportunity to investigate and decide.
Here's a tough pill to swallow for some: People don't owe you a reply. You need to deserve it. You need to look worthy of someone's valuable time (and so does your company). So ask yourself: How do you all fare under the scrutiny of an Internet search? And, most importantly, would you respond to you?
In this market, recruiters and sourcers need to get back to basics. Return to the lost art of human connection, which has been harmed by implementing the wrong kinds of automation and mass mailing. It's time to ramp up your human skills and use technology wisely to create ease, openness, and certainty, especially in this uncertain time.
As you might have guessed, there are so many nuances and inevitable differences when it comes to hiring from one company to the next, whether it's because of industry, the type of talent, or a million other variables.
After literally months of trying to focus on one universal problem, I came up with this:
You must be thinking, No duh.
Thank you, Captain Obvious.
Yet, the reason that hiring is hard isn't as apparent as it might seem. When we hire, there are a million variables we don't control – including one of the most unpredictable variables in the world: Humans.
There's nothing we can control about their behavior, and we surely can't force them to take a job.
There are two messages that candidates conducting job research will look at:
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Unfortunately, too few recruiters are measuring their cold outreach response rate. Why?
But if we don’t measure the response rate from passive talent, how do we know if we are doing a good job or not?
Seriously, sourcing the best candidates is only half of the job. The other half is being able to compose a brilliant outreach email that passive talent will respond to.
So how should we track our response rates?
With email automation tools that track open rates, reply rates, and sentiment stats, tracking candidate engagement is now easier and more accessible to everyone.
To borrow a marketing term, recruiters need to adopt a “Drip Marketing Campaign” approach when reaching out to passive talent.
I see too many recruiters sending long emails jam packed with so much information in their opening emails. Like many Drip Marketing Campaigns, we should be breaking this information into bite size chunks (think TL;DR) and sending it to our targeted candidates over a five email campaign.
Those recruiters who have adopted this marketing mindset:
Adopting this Drip Marketing Campaign will also allow you to measure which of your outreach emails delivers the highest response rate. For me, my third email (which is just a meme) always provides the best response rate.
Before I even start sourcing on a new role,
I always set up my outreach email campaigns in advance. This way, I get to sit down and pre plan which hooks I can add to each email.
Once you have the candidate’s attention, it will be much easier to maintain their attention throughout the whole interview process.
Continuing with the theme of TL;DR
Here are some quick tricks to measuring your candidate’s engagement success:
From Silence to Successful Engagement
On behalf of Katrina Collier, Katrina Kibben, Vanessa Raath, and the Hiretual team, we’d like to thank you for taking the time to read through our insights on the state of Candidate Engagement.
We look forward to you revisiting the opening line of the ebook (“Can you hear that?”) soon and responding with “Yes, because candidates are finally responding back.”
If you’d like to learn more about supporting technology for the practices and strategies highlighted above, our team would love to speak with you!