You are in the final interview stages with a potential candidate that has met every job requirement, and everyone in the office loves them. They have knocked all the hypothetical and character question way out of the park. You are getting close to offering them the job and can’t afford to lose out on this stud employee. However, they have been in contact with others in your industry and have multiple offers on the table. Why should they choose you? What sets you apart as an employer? Below are a few ways to make that final push and become that preferred employer that top candidates will pick over all the other offers they receive.
Aggressive pay and benefits offering
This one is simple. PEOPLE WORK FOR MONEY. Don’t dance around the question when asked. Take it head on and pay a reasonable amount for the seniority of the role and complexities of the job. Every dollar counts and there is no doubt about that, but skimping on rate of pay will cause that candidate to bail sooner than later- costing you more time and money in your recruiting efforts.
Have a robust benefits package in place. While some employers pay more so that employees can seek out individual insurance, this sends a message. Don’t hope that they will use that money for things like health insurance. Put a plan in place to show that potential candidate that you are trying to do what is best for them. Make them feel taken care of long before coming onboard. In regards to retirement options, offering things such as a 401k tells that candidate that you are invested in them long term. You aren’t the churn and burn employer and care about their future- so much that you will pay money out of your pocket for their retirement.
Detail growth opportunities
It’s no secret what role the candidate is there to fill. They applied to a certain job posting and while it is crucial to screen them for the duties of that job, speak on where you see them down the road. This tells him or her that you see growth potential and did not hire them to be stuck in a lower level position forever.
Push a culture that embraces flexibility and fun
Nobody, especially younger individuals newer to the workforce, wants to sign on with an uptight, work only, company. During the interview process it is extremely important to humanize the company and its employees. Talk about the opportunity to work remote, casual Fridays, catered lunches, happy hours, or company intramural teams. People like to have fun at work and are more productive when given the opportunity to do so. If you do not have benefits in place now, I suggest you start. Is your company somewhere that you would want to spend 40+ hours per week?