What is your favorite childhood memory? - Going to my aunt’s and uncle’s pool with family.
Dogs or cats? - Dogs
Tea or coffee? -Coffee
Your 3 heroes
Favorite book - The bible. It helps in every aspect of life.
Pretty, unusual right?
In a world which is this fast-paced, where recruiters are really concerned about meeting their targets, I was talking to someone who actually cared about the candidate experience.
Lindays regularly keeps in touch with these candidates, talks to them on a regular basis. She wants to know how they are doing in their career, and if everything is working out for them - both personally and professionally.
I was intrigued and wanted her to elaborate further.
Lindsay feels that there is a surplus of jobs, but enough candidates.
“The candidates drive the market, not the other way round.”
“So it doesn’t make any sense to me to engage in a short-term strategy, where the focus is on the requirement and not on the candidate. In fact, I am in touch with the candidates long after that. I follow up with them and ask how they are doing in their new role.”
“It may happen that there would not be any opening which suits the candidate”, Lindsay added, “But hey… who knows what kind of opportunities might open up 6 months later!”
Considering how difficult it is to find candidates, I believe that this is an excellent strategy.
Instead of looking at “more candidate”, is there a possibility that we spare a thought for the assets that we already own?
Also, most of the recruiters, when they get into it… know that they are playing a long game. Some of them might recruit for the rest of their life. So why not build relationships?
“If you can connect with them, they remember you. And they can come back get in touch with you later.”, said Lindsay.
Lindsay feels that “Empathy” is the key. While interacting with the candidates, she makes sure, that she deploys enough empathy to understand their side of things.
Lindsay told me that she learned this from her manager. “My manager says, ‘You don't know what happened in their life today. So take a step back and get some perspective.’