The Three P’s of a Successful Hiring Persona
There’s a lot of advice out there for applicants and job seekers on how to present yourself during the hiring process. In this post, we’d like to take a moment to talk about how employers and their hiring staff ought to come across during these encounters. Sure, you are offering a new career opportunity for the lucky applicant who gets your offer. But, if you want to reel in a prize catch, it would help to lure them in if you presented your best behavior during the hiring process.
We are talking about the three P’s of a successful hiring persona:
- Professionalism. Whether it’s your own in-house HR staff or a recruiter, these people are often the first taste of your business that a job seeker will have. If those that represent you are not professional on the phone, in person or via email, what does that say about the rest of your company? Do you know if your recruiters are punctual for appointments? Do you know if they are asking inappropriate questions on your behalf? You should!
- Politeness. Even the most talented hiring managers and recruiters in the world can blow an opportunity if they are rude to a prospective applicant—and what if this is happens on a public social media platform? The way things go viral on the Internet these days only makes matters worse for your brand and reputation if a particularly unfriendly exchange occurs.
- Preparedness. Not knowing how to answer simple inquiries about the job or department in question can make an applicant wonder whether the presentation of the position they are being given is accurate. And what if the person in charge of your hiring process doesn’t ask the right types of questions to engage the candidate about your business? Turning off a great candidate by not knowing enough about your company or industry can cause them to hesitate if you do end up offering them a job. Your position might not seem like the best option to them.
“It can be really valuable to ask for feedback from applicants about their experience during the hiring process,” Bonnie Levitt, MSW, PHR, hireVision’s Director of Hiring Management. “You need to know if job seekers are getting a bad vibe about your business and take steps to correct that issue.”