Making a Job Offer
How to make a job offer to
Once you have decided on which candidate to offer the position to there are a few
simple guidelines to follow.
Don’t offer the position at interview. This can come across as desperate or
unprofessional. It is always worth taking the time to consider your decision as well. This
helps to make sure that you are recruiting the best candidate based on the facts and not on gut
Don’t delay too long. You will almost inevitably be in competition with
other employers for top quality candidates.
Make the offer by phone and mail. Email is also a useful tool for getting
an offer letter in front of a candidate quickly. Giving a sense of urgency at this stage helps to
reinforce that you want this candidate on board. Also put a time scale on the offer letting them
know when you expect to hear back from them. Follow up by letter.
It is reasonable to allow some time for the candidate to think things over…..but
not too long. If you have done the recruitment process correctly they should be as convinced as
you that this is the right move for them.
Confirm the next step. Possible Medical, when is their start date, who do
they report to and what induction they will receive.
Keep in touch throughout their notice period. For some positions this may
be as long as three months. Invite them in to meet the team, invite them to a social event.
Let them know that you are keen for them to join your company.
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