Etiquette is a two-way street with job interviewing. A candidate should be on time, be prepared, act professionally and so on. But it’s equally important for a hiring manager to be respectful and follow up with candidates afterward, regardless if they’re being hired or not. Here are some reasons why.

It Provides Closure

Sitting around wondering if they’ve been chosen for a position can be agonizing for a candidate. They may be unsure whether to look for a different job or what their next move should be. And this uncertainty can create a lot of needless anxiety. That’s why you should make every attempt to let them know either way as soon as you can. Being fully transparent gives a candidate who’s been selected time to prepare for their first day and lets those who haven’t know they should resume their job search. 

It’s Respectful

Next, it’s the right thing to do from an ethical standpoint. Candidates put a lot of time into filling out an application, corresponding with your company, researching the position and preparing for the interview. So it’s important you show them the respect they deserve by following up. That way you won’t burn any bridges. 

It Strengthens Your Brand

News spreads quickly on social media and other digital outlets these days. If you’re inconsiderate with your hiring process and leave candidates hanging, it could create some bad publicity. But on the other hand, following up and being communicative throughout the different stages of the hiring process can strengthen your brand and portray you in a positive light. In many cases, this will spill over and improve your brand identity as a whole.

It Can Improve Future Recruiting

We live in a new age of recruiting where many job seekers check out reviews on sites like Glassdoor before forming an opinion of a company. If you have consistently positive reviews and a strong rating, it increases the likelihood of other qualified candidates reaching out to you in the future. However, having negative reviews and a poor rating can shrink the talent pool and hurt future recruiting.

Following up with candidates after job interviews is the right thing to do. And as we’ve just found out, it offers several benefits that can help your company in the long run.

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