hiring and interview processLets face it; very few candidates and companies actually enjoy the recruiting and hiring process. As executive sales and marketing recruiters, we understand the challenges companies, and candidates, face. Interviewing and hiring is tedious, time consuming and repetitive – and candidates spend a lot of time interviewing – often with little to no follow up.

With a few changes to the hiring process, both candidates and companies can have a more pleasant and effective experience. In “10 Things Companies (and their People) Must Do During the Hiring Process,” Tony Compton lists changes that significantly improve the hiring and interviewing experience. From his list, we picked our top 5 that will improve the recruiting process.

Here are our top 5 tips to improve the hiring and recruiting process:

  • Prepare, Yourself:  make time to review resumes and know who you’re meeting with
  • Be on Time
  • Express Gratitude
  • Communicate: ensure the prospect knows what stage of the hiring process they are in, and what to expect next.
  • Offer the Candidate a Glass of Water – the little things do matter.

In addition to Compton’s list – it’s important to remember the interviewing rule of thumb – treat each candidate as if he/she were a customer. Ultimately, each prospect that comes in for an interview, or has an interaction with the company, is a potential customer (if not one already).

The experience they have during the hiring and interview process will absolutely shape their opinion about the brand of the company. That being said – whether or not the candidate will be hired – treating them as a customer will ensure brand loyalty and leave them with a more positive outlook on the company.

We want to learn from your experiences. What are some of your worst or best interview experiences?