So, you find yourself in a situation where the recruitment process is and dusted. You are about to onboard a new candidate that you know has the right skills and will fit into the team perfectly so you can breathe a sigh of relief and put that all behind you now, right? Forget all about it and move on to the next project……. WRONG! At this point you are laying the foundations of how the candidate will see you and your business going forward and set the tone for how to conduct themselves within your business. Don’t forget, you hired the best, but their current employer will be losing the best and will be thinking of ways to keep them.
To make sure it all goes to plan here are some top tips:
Be quick to confirm:
Make sure the new candidate receives their offer letter and contract within a week of offering the role to them. Its human nature to require an element of security, many candidates’ wont hand their notice in until they have an offer in writing so don’t leave it to them to chase you for this as not only could it hole things up, but it does not create a great 1’st impression.
Keep in touch:
Be their support when it comes to handing in their notice. It’s a big deal for some and potentially life changing so make sure the candidate feels comfortable to call you or better still, drop them a text to wish them luck or call them and find out how that conversation went.
Remember the little things:
We send all our new starters a card wishing them luck in their new role. Its little things like this that can make a massive difference. A card from the team saying they are excited to be working with them will help the candidate feel comfortable with the move.
Invite them in during their notice period:
Be it for a quick coffee and a catch up or a drink away from the office with the team again it will all help the new starter feel comfortable and again excited about starting with you.
Keep them in the loop:
Any changes that happen during this period or any big wins, share it with the new candidate. It will make them feel part of the team before they have even stepped foot in the business.