The Candidate Bill of Rights: The Hiring Process Your Candidates Deserve3 min read
July 1, 2019 • Candidate Experience
Independence Day honors many of the United States’ time-honored traditions, including its essential historical documents. Here’s a look at how one of those documents — the Bill of Rights — should apply to your candidates, as well as what the proposed bill could look like.
In the United States, Independence Day is one of the best times of the year to throw hot dogs on the grill, light fireworks, and brush up on American history. From the beginning, our founding fathers were dedicated to protecting our country’s citizens by drafting the Constitution, and later, the Bill of Rights.
July 4 presents an opportunity for recruiters to apply those same principles to their candidates. In pursuit of an even better candidate experience, recruiters should be able to say with confidence that each and every candidate in their talent community is treated with the respect and care they deserve.
In celebration of Independence Day, behold the Candidate Bill of Rights:
Freedom of Hassle
Employers shall make applying for open positions an unencumbered process, free from difficult applications that are incompatible with mobile devices and endless email back-and-forth to schedule interviews.
The Right to Transparency
No employer shall, when recruiting for a position, leave candidates in the dark for weeks about the status of their application or interview. Recruiters shall use CRM software to ensure frequent communication with candidates.
The Right to Frequent Communication
Protection from a Poor Candidate Experience
The Right to a Speedy Interview Process
Employers shall use every available tool at their disposal to make the interview process as expeditious as possible, like interview scheduling and video interviewing software. This process shall take no more than two weeks, the maximum interview process duration 80% of candidates are willing to endure.
Protection from Mismatched Work Cultures
Candidates shall only be presented with highly relevant and personalized recruitment marketing content, including accurate and compelling information that truly captures the story of what work life at a company looks like.
The Right to Work in a Diverse Workplace
Employers shall prioritize hiring a workforce diverse in thought and life experience to create an environment filled with unique perspectives, voices, and ideas.
The Right to a Smooth Onboarding Process
No candidate shall be expected to endure a slow, unfocused onboarding process that neglects to fully introduce new employees into the work culture.
The Housing of Referrals
Employers shall make it easy for existing employees to provide referrals for qualified candidates through a mutually beneficial employee referrals program.
The Right to Join a Talent Community
Employers shall make it easy for interested candidates to join a talent community, keeping passive talent aware of relevant news, information, and new career openings within a company.