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Everyone knows that you only get one chance to make a first impression, but sometimes, in this digital age, it’s hard to know what to look for as a recruiter to tell if your candidate is serious about the job and willing to do all they can to impress you as the gatekeeper.


The first thing you have to think about in today’s hiring environment is whether you are using the latest and greatest in digital interviewing technology or slogging through tons of paperwork and time the old-fashioned way. Either way, however, the candidates have to be considered and some of them clearly deserve to be prioritized because they show the recruiters that they are able to follow directions, take pride in themselves and their work, and show their effort. Here are a few clues:

4 Signs Your Candidate Isn’t Engaged

  1. Did the candidate actually respond to the ad you placed, or did they respond to the ad for the job they wanted? A great tip to tell the difference is to ask a specific question in your ad for them to respond to in their cover letter to you. A little bit of reading can go a long way in knowing who would be great at following directions.
  1. Did the candidate do their homework? Many candidates, understandably, have a “form” cover letter or resume they use for all their applications. But sometimes, due to a lack of care, the wrong company or position name gets kept in the document. Sadly, if they can’t keep the names straight, they may not be detail-oriented enough for the job.
  1. Did the candidate run a spell-checker before they hit send? While this seems like a no-brainer, the fact is that many candidates “skip” this step because they are so confident in their skills they don’t think it necessary. It is. Typos and “texting” should generally land a candidate’s resume in the trash bin. If they would send it to YOU that way, they might not be the right candidate for you or your client.
  1. Did they dress to impress? Say the candidate’s paperwork all looked great. You schedule a one-way digital interview with them, and they look like they just rolled out of bed. No matter how “comfortable” it is for them to be doing this interview from inside their home, there’s no excuse for them not dressing for the part. What they choose to wear shows their level of interest.


Interested in learning how RIVS can help you avoid unengaged candidates? Contact us for a one-on-one consultation!

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