In today’s job market, candidates have so much information at their fingers tips that allows them to be more selective. Because of this, the experience a candidate has with your company has never been so important.

Having a positive candidate experience is essential for attracting and recruiting top talent. The statistics speak for themselves 72% of candidates who had a negative experience report sharing their experience online or on employer review sites or with professional contacts. 83% of candidates said they would never apply to a company again if an application process was frustrating. Therefore candidate experience matters. Here’s how you can improve yours:

1. COMMUNICATE

When it comes to attracting talent, poor communication reflects badly on your company brand. If you want to improve your candidate experience, ensure that you focus on improving communication throughout the entire application process.

Do you provide enough information about how a candidate should complete a job application?  What about when they’ve completed it? Do you email them, thanking them and letting them know what comes next? You should do – and the standard “If you haven’t heard from us within 14 days, your application has been unsuccessful.” isn’t enough. Technology has progressed enough to the point that all your email communication should at least be personalised.

If they’re unsuccessful, it is essential that you tell them so! 65% of candidates (me included) say that they’ve applied for a job and haven’t received notice about their application. From personal experience, there is nothing more off-putting about a company than spending hours preparing and submitting an application to then receive nothing but radio silence. Candidates who are not informed about their application are 3.5x less likely to re-apply to that company in the future.

2. KEEP IT SHORT AND SIMPLE

Candidates don’t have a lot of time to navigate complex application processes and apply for your jobs. For this reason, the simpler the better. So when it comes to online applications, make sure the process is easy, pain-free, and mobile-friendly.

3. SHOW THEM AROUND

Office tours help you to improve candidate experience.

Firstly, they give you an insight into how the candidate might fit into your company culture. Walking them around the office and introducing them to their potential co-workers gives you chance to learn things you just wouldn’t find out inside the interview room. Things like how they interact with other people gives you an insight into their personality that you wouldn’t see otherwise.

Secondly, they’re beneficial for the candidate. Candidates are increasingly advised to remember that the interview is a chance for them to scope out and interview the company, too. With that in mind, a tour helps them learn more about your atmosphere and company culture.

Finally, tours can ultimately increase your candidate flow. Office tours have a positive effect on your candidate experience, which leads to happy candidates (regardless of whether they got the job or not), which eventually leads to referrals to friends and family, or even reapplications.

  1. PROVIDE FEEDBACK

Providing feedback (good and bad!) is one of the best ways to improve candidate experience.

Candidates often spend hours preparing for an interview, so the least you can do is to provide them with feedback afterwards. Try to make it as meaningful and specific as possible – was there anything in particular that made your decision not to hire them?

5. REQUEST FEEDBACK

Two-way communication is important when it comes to improving candidate experience, so make sure that you ask your candidate about theirs. Whether you do it via a questionnaire or through a quick email after you’ve met them is up to you, as long as you give the candidate chance to tell you their thoughts. Requesting feedback from your candidate is an opportunity for you to find out how your brand is really perceived. If they raise any negative points, take the chance to address the problem and work on it.

Improving candidate experience is one of the most beneficial things you can do to your hiring process. Just a few simple changes can positively impact your talent acquisition strategy.