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Stop wasting time on bad candidates

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The key to finding the right person for your open position is not reviewing as many applications as possible.

Instead, you need to focus on the “informed candidates,” says J.T. O’Donnell, Founder & CEO of WorkItDaily.com. She says informed candidates are quality candidates and ones who research and engage with the company to understand if they’re a good fit—before they apply. What can you do to attract informed candidates?

Provide plenty of information. Use your blog, social media and website to provide real insight about your organization and its culture. Also write stellar job descriptions and ads that offer full transparency into the open position. If informed candidates don’t have enough information to self-qualify for roles, they likely won’t reach out to you.

Nurture candidates. Don’t rush through interviews and do all the talking when you do meet with job candidates. You need to take your time so that they get to know you, learn to trust you and are excited about working for you. Remember you need to sell yourself to informed candidates, as much as they need to sell themselves to you.

— Adapted from “Why Employers Need to Spend Their Time & Money Impressing ‘Informed Candidates,’” J.T. O’Donnell, YouTube, www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=127&v=0J9BTS7S_jg.

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