Struggling to Get Applicants? Why You Need to Examine Your Hiring Process and How Long It Takes to Hear Back

Like many employers, you may be having difficulty filling your job openings. One of the reasons may be that you take too long to respond to candidates.

Regular follow-up throughout your hiring process is important. This may include letting candidates know you received their application, would like to schedule an interview or are considering offering them a job. It also involves what the next steps in the process are and when the candidate should expect to hear from you.

Discover why regular communication throughout your hiring process is an effective way to hire the best applicants.


Responding to each candidate shows you respect their time. Applying for a job takes a significant amount of research and decision-making. Expressing interest in working for your company says a great deal about your organization. Showing appreciation is important.

Realistically, you may be unable to personally respond to each candidate. As a result, you might want to automate your responses with your applicant tracking system (ATS). This helps provide a positive candidate experience.

Candidate Engagement

Top candidates have many employment options. Following up with them throughout your hiring process helps keep them engaged. This increases the odds that your best candidates will accept potential job offers from you.

Be sure to let each candidate know when they should expect to hear from you. Also, fulfill these expectations as much as possible. If you need to extend a timeframe, let each candidate know as soon as possible.

Candidate Experience

Effectively following up throughout your hiring process improves the candidate experience. This helps set your company apart from the competition. It also helps you hire more high-quality candidates.

Even if you’re not ready to provide a job offer, share with your most desirable candidates feedback on their interviews. This encourages them to want to work for your organization.

Talent Pipelines

The more you keep in contact with candidates, the more your talent pipelines remain filled. A candidate who has a positive experience with your company but isn’t offered a job may apply for a role in the future. They also might refer other candidates to your organization.

Employer Brand

Regular follow-up with each candidate enhances your employer brand. The more you communicate with candidates, the more positive your company’s reputation remains.

Many candidates post reviews on Glassdoor and other employer review sites. They’re likely to share positive reviews when you follow up on an ongoing basis. This encourages other candidates to apply to your organization.

Want Help Hiring?

If you’re not regularly following up with candidates, you may be having trouble filling your jobs. Ongoing communication with candidates promotes respect for their time, engagement in the hiring process, and a positive candidate experience. It also helps keep your talent pipeline full and your employer brand positive.

If you need help hiring, Casey Accounting & Finance Resources can match you with qualified candidates to fill your business needs. Learn more today.

Top Candidates – July 2015 Newsletter

Casey Resources July 2015 Newsletter

Accounts Payable Manager: 
This dynamic professional is seeking a new opportunity with an organization that is growing and provides a challenge, so she is able to utilize her professional experience, educational background and interpersonal skills. She processes accounts payable for two corporate divisions (domestic and international). She is proficient in three way match, credit applications, sales and use tax returns, and assisted in a major system conversion. She is well versed with AS400, J.D. Edwards, Movex, Kronos and QuickBooks.

Accounts Receivable Manager/Credit Manager:  This energetic professional is seeing a new opportunity for a company that is seeking someone with strong leadership and process management skills. She is an effective problem solver at both the corporate and customer level. She directly oversees all cash application, billing and collection processes. She has handled portfolios ranging from $3.5MM to $107MM. She is proficient with the following systems: Great Plains, SAP, CARMS, Lawson and Radar.

Accounting Manager/Controller:  This multifaceted Fortune 500 Accounting Manager and Controller possess extensive experience in a variety of areas including: Supply Chain, Sales and Margin, Corporate, Inventory Control, International and Integration/Transition. He possesses complete knowledge and understanding of P&Ls and balance sheet. He is a proven leader who effectively communicates with all levels, and provides and implements sensible solutions to complex issues and transactions. He was designated “Accounting Expert” in a consulting role for Fortune 500 SAP conversion. He streamlined the monthly financial close process from 6 days to 4 days through continuous process improvement. He assisted twice in relocating and transitioning the Accounting Department for Fortune 500 organizations including team building and training new accounting team on all policies and procedures.

Contact Casey Resources today to get connected with these great job candidates!