Today, creating a positive candidate experience is not just a nice-to-have; it’s a must-do. Recent data points from Lighthouse Research & Advisory studies offer a compelling insight into why this is more important now than ever:
- Two out of the top three reasons candidates ghost employers are directly tied to speed and hiring workflows.
- A staggering 84% of candidates believe that anything more than two interviews or phone screens is simply overkill.
- Nearly four in 10 employers provide no interview training or a token amount to their hiring managers.
In today’s fast-paced world, first impressions are everything. The hiring process is often a candidate’s first real interaction with a company. Think about it: if a candidate experiences a lengthy, convoluted hiring process, what does that say about your organization? It could suggest inefficiency, a lack of respect for candidates’ time, or even an indecisive corporate culture. On the other hand, a streamlined, respectful process conveys a message of efficiency, organization, and a high regard for candidates’ time and experience.
To put it bluntly, candidates today are in the driver’s seat. They have choices and they know it. If they feel that a hiring process is dragging or unnecessarily complicated, they won’t hesitate to pursue opportunities elsewhere. This is where the need for speed and simplicity in hiring workflows becomes evident. In the graphic below you can find some other data points that can help you think about how to create the right first impression, not the wrong one.
Ben Eubanks is the Chief Research Officer at Lighthouse Research & Advisory. He is an author, speaker, and researcher with a passion for telling stories and making complex topics easy to understand.
His latest book Talent Scarcity answers the question every business leader has asked in recent years: “Where are all the people, and how do we get them back to work?” It shares practical and strategic recruiting and retention ideas and case studies for every employer.
His first book, Artificial Intelligence for HR, is the world’s most-cited resource on AI applications for hiring, development, and employee experience.
Ben has more than 10 years of experience both as an HR/recruiting executive as well as a researcher on workplace topics. His work is practical, relevant, and valued by practitioners from F100 firms to SMB organizations across the globe.
He has spoken to tens of thousands of HR professionals across the globe and enjoys sharing about technology, talent practices, and more. His speaking credits include the SHRM Annual Conference, Seminarium International, PeopleMatters Dubai and India, and over 100 other notable events.