Mending the Relationship Between Recruiters and Candidates

14th February 2018

At any given time, companies are busy looking for a candidate to fill a particular position. Candidates are out there, in large numbers, all waiting for that moment when their dream job will come knocking at their doors. The relationship between recruiters and candidates however, is not always rosy. With Valentine’s Day upon us and love in the air, we’ll explore the ways in which recruiters and candidates can build bridges and keep their relationship positive.

Candidate Grievances

One of the biggest grievances for job seekers can be when they don’t hear back about a role that they believe they are perfect for. For the most competitive roles, recruiters and human resource managers receive hundreds of job applications everyday and there is no guarantee that all will receive the scrutiny that they deserve. Many talented individuals send emails to employers but never get any response at all. This perceived lack of engagement can cause frustration among job seekers.

To solve this issue, companies can leverage the power of recruitment software which tracks down all the applications and makes easier to craft replies to potential employees. As we have discussed on this blog previously, automation is set to play an ever increasing role in the workplace and this includes the recruitment role. Technology can play an important ongoing role in improving the recruiter – candidate relationship.

Application Strain

But it’s not only candidates that can have frustrations, and there are some job seeker habits that can strain the relationship too.

Recruiters can often be seeking candidates to fill a number of different positions in a company and with many positions to recruit for, it can mean a lot of applications to process. A key frustration for recruiters in this situation can arise when well-meaning job seekers make applications on all the positions available to increase their chances of getting hired. This makes it pretty difficult for the recruitment team to tell what you do best. Remember, they are looking for the best candidates for a particular post so either limit your application to the best post for your skill-set, or speak to the recruiter before applying to see where you might fit best.

Communication

As with all relationships, they key to success is good communication. Whether it’s recruiters looking at ways of better communicating with candidates, or job seekers using the recruiter’s expertise to apply only for the best roles for them, reaching out and making contact can solve many of the conflicts and frustrations experienced in the job seeking process.

Remember, recriuters are looking for the best candidates for a particular post so either limit your application to the best post for your skill-set, or speak to the recruiter before applying to see where you might fit best.