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A method that works well is to request a resume via FAX. This allows complete anonymity. No company information is offered. If a candidate looks promising, you will contact them, not vice versa.
Another anonymous method for contact is a feature found on craigslist.com. Job posters are given option of “anonymizing” their email address, which encrypts it so applicants don’t have direct contact information.
2. Eagerness is apparent in a timely response by applicant to your requests. If s/he delays in responding, will they delay in showing up for work? Or delay in getting job done? It makes a prospective employer wonder.
3. For first few exchanges, contact applicant using an anonymous or generic email address. If someone is not a good candidate, for whatever reason, they do not have access to your direct contact information. You expend no time or energy communicating with candidates that are not excellent candidates.
4. Based on a promising resume, initiate contact with applicant and ask for an email response to several questions that may or may not relate to available position, e.g.: · Why did ad resonate with you? (Which they would have answered to some degree in their first email!) · What made you respond specifically to this ad? · What are your favorite activities when you are not working?
These questions put applicant at ease to respond honestly and provide you with a great deal of “behind-the-scenes” insight into your prospective employee.
5. The response will confirm whether or not applicant is able to follow instructions in ad. If not, it’s not a good thing, but they're not eliminated from interviewing process. Perhaps they're overly eager or were blasting employers. The lesson here is to refrain from drawing conclusions about them, but be watchful.
6. Establish a dialogue of at least two emails before setting up a personal interview. Based on prospective employee’s timely first response to your questions, email a second time asking specific questions relating to their response. This gives you additional, telling information and communicates that you are actively listening and genuinely interested in them.
7. When email dialogue process has narrowed candidate list, arrange a convenient time to speak via telephone. This will provide additional, valuable information.
8. If telephone meeting goes well, at end of discussion invite candidate for a personal interview.
Following preceding steps will give you an advantage by not only limiting number of potential employees to most qualified, but also by taking control of what can be a tedious and inefficient pre-hiring process. Pay close attention to responses you receive from potential candidates; it is possible to learn quite a bit from initial contact that will save you time and energy when you are considering inviting prospective employees to a formal interview. The pre-hiring process does not have to be challenging if confronted with intentional and precise preparation.
This process is well worth your time. The hiring process should not be taken lightly, and a great fit is all-important. In end, you have hired quality people you keep for a long time, saving you many headaches!