How to test candidate commitment

It’s important to ensure that candidates are fully committed to the hiring process. No one wants to be messed around, so establishing if a candidate is truly keen to find a new role or not early on is vital. 

If money is their only motivator they might just be after a counteroffer from their current employer. So figure out their motivators early on.

Here are some tips on how to test candidate commitment:

🕑 Time Management – Observe how quickly candidates manage their time with you and respond to communication. If they are taking DAYS to come back to you, it’s likely they’re not serious about looking for a new role. Everyone is busy but everyone can take 5 minutes for a quick email or call if it’s a priority.

📝 Unique Application Process – Consider implementing a unique application process to test candidate commitment. For example, asking candidates to submit a short video introducing themselves or completing a skills assessment can help weed out candidates who aren’t fully invested in the position.

👥 Cultural Fit – Understand what sort of culture the candidate will thrive best in. Ask them directly, don’t guess. They should know what sort of environment they work best in and what culture they need to work in to enjoy their working day as well as work effectively in the long term.

💬Thoughtful Questions – Ask thought-provoking questions to gauge their commitment. For example, asking a candidate about their long-term career goals and how this position fits into those goals can help determine if they’re fully committed to a new role.

🔍  Preparation for Interviews – A committed candidate will have taken the time to research the company and the position they are applying for. They should be able to articulate why they are interested in the role and how their skills and experience make them a good fit. Look for thoughtful questions that demonstrate their interest in the company and the role.

💯 Commitment to the Hiring Process – A committed candidate will follow through with all stages of the hiring process, not just the initial stages. They should be willing to attend all interviews and assessments and complete any required paperwork in a timely manner. This shows that they are serious about pursuing the opportunity and are committed to the process.

Finding the right candidate can be difficult, but it’s worth it in the end. Making sure that candidates are genuinely motivated and committed to their job search is key to finding someone who will stay for the long term and contribute to your client’s success.

By taking the time to test commitment levels, you’ll save yourself valuable time by avoiding the wrong candidates and finding the perfect fit for your role. 

Investing in skills tests and asking insightful questions of potential candidates can help you get the most out of your recruitment process.