In the fast pace, technological world we live in, cellphones are one thing we can’t live without. Texting has become the number one way we communicate with each other whether it be with friends, family, or work-related. This way of communication is also accurate when it comes to recruiting top candidates and creating perfect timing during the hiring process. Using text messaging to talk with potential hires can eliminate a lot of the back, and forth that happens when reaching out through emails or social media platforms. But, there are specific guidelines to follow when utilizing text communication. UndercoverRecruiter has gathered together these rules for texting in order to best facilitate candidate communication during recruitment.
Texting has a way of making us feel a little more relaxed when communicating with others. This can be both a good and bad thing when it comes to recruitment. One thing to consider is the tone of your texts. It is essential to make sure you are keeping with a professional tone and writing text messages as you would an email to a potential hire. Leave out the text slang you would generally use while texting a friend.
It’s also important to keep the texts concise and to the point. Texting can really come in handy when you need to contact a candidate for confirming an appointment or an urgent message. Figuring out timing with how long it would take to email back and forth rather than just send a quick text will help you decide which is more appropriate.
Another tip to keep in mind is the data that will be used during texting. Since you will most likely be unaware of what their type of messaging plan is, it’s essential to remember to keep your texts at a minimum. Your texts should be short and to the point, making sure you can get all information out in fewer texts unless the candidate states otherwise.
When a candidate is texting with you, remember that they are letting you into a more personal form of communication with them. Always be yourself when you are texting and keep the line of communication open for them to contact you with any questions or concerns. When recruiters have the ability to text with their candidates, it saves a lot of precious time during the hiring process and also gives you ample time to get to know them on a more personal level.