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Strategies to Win Over Your Top Candidates

It’s happened to nearly every hiring manager: you’ve presented an offer, and are surprised when your chosen candidate declines. You’re confused; what went wrong? And you’re frustrated, as now you must start your search over again. Fortunately, these situations can be reduced by using a few simple strategies throughout your search, and lead to favorable outcomes for you and your candidate.

1. Put Their Experience First

Put yourself in your candidate’s shoes; how does your company look from an outsider’s eyes? Have you been forthright in your communications with them? Do they feel connected to and welcomed by your team?

2. Build Trust

One of the best ways to build trust with a candidate is to be consistent in communication. Get back to them in a timely manner, and be available to chat throughout the process.

3. Showcase Opportunities and Strengths

Throughout the hiring process, highlight your company’s achievements and the people who made them possible. Communicate what career paths would be open to your candidate when they join you. If they can see themselves contributing to (and benefiting from) your organization’s success, they will be more willing to accept an offer.

4. Don’t Be Pushy

There’s a difference between being persuasive and being aggressive. If a candidate ultimately decides to go in a different direction, accept it graciously. You may have a chance to work with them again, and you don't want to burn any bridges.

To learn how you can avoid damaging mistakes that could cost you your new hires, get in touch to arrange a quick chat. Email Paul, Brent, Troy, or Tara, or give us a call at 519-673-3463 or 416-847-0036.

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