Candidate communication crucial as talent war rages on
March 2nd, 2022
As the war for talent rages on, candidate communication needs to move up the priority list. That’s according to leading background screening and identity services firm, Sterling.
With the latest labour market data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), revealing a continued increase in vacancy numbers across the UK and concerns around talent shortages rife, the expert in employment screening checks has called on employers and HR teams to prioritise high quality and regular candidate communication.
In a recent Sterling Live discussion, experts discussed how the war for talent can often be won through simply communicating to candidates consistently, from the first engagement right through their first days on the job.
Tim Stokes, Director at Sterling EMEA, explained:
“The skills shortage has been a concern for some time now and while there is certainly a need to broaden talent pools, far too often, potential new recruits are exiting hiring processes, due to the process itself. When we consider how tough it is to recruit at the moment, once an offer has been accepted it’s understandable that some hiring teams or managers may breathe a sigh of relief. However, candidates are increasingly disappearing in that crucial timeframe between the offer and the first day, and this is quite often due to a lack of communication.
“Employers need to remember that for an individual, a career move is a life changing event and after the excitement of getting the job offer, they can face a lengthy notice period where they are juggling their current role alongside the administration that comes with a new job, including employment screening checks.
“Communication is key during this time. Candidates need to know what to expect after the job offer is made, otherwise, they can feel lost or alienated, which leaves them open to being lured away by other businesses. Starting a new job and going through an employment screening process can be daunting for anyone. Celebrate your new hire and maintain the excitement of the job offer. The more they are communicated with and the more engaged they feel, the the lower the chances of them being enticed elsewhere.”
Sterling—a leading provider of background and identity services—offers a foundation of trust and safety that spans across industries, professions, and borders. Our technology-powered services help organisations create great environments for their workers, partners, and customers. With office locations around the world, Sterling conducts more than 75 million searches annually. Visit Sterling online at www.sterlingcheck.co.uk.
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