It is often said that people may not remember what you did but they will always remember how you made them feel.

This is so true when recruiting top talent for your company.  Many companies offer the same benefits, the same vacation, the same salary range, the same the same the same.  What makes you different?  

If you don’t have a big edge over your competition to recruit and retain the best employees, take a look at the interview process for candidates.  Candidates go through several stages when they are deciding where they want to work and which job offer they will accept.  This journey is greatly impacting by the way you make them feel while interviewing with you.

Candidate Journey is the expression used to describe 6 stages through which job seekers go through: Awareness, Consideration, Interest, Application, Selection and Hire.

Candidate Journey Definition

Similarly to when buyers look for services and products to purchase, candidates go through different stages when looking for new job opportunities. This is the reason why today’s candidates need to be treated as customers.

There are 6 stages through which all job seekers go through:

  1. Awareness
  2. Consideration
  3. Interest
  4. Application
  5. Selection
  6. Hire.

Throughout their candidate journey, candidates will have multiple interactions with your Employer Brand.

Your brand is reflected in every aspect of the job consideration process.

  • see your job advertisement on a job board
  • visit your career site and read your career blog
  • check the ratings of your company on a company review sites
  • visit your company’s Facebook page
  • join your Talent Network
  • talk to your company representative at the career fair
  • fill out your online job application, come in for the interview, etc.

Active vs. passive candidates’ journeys

It is important to note that while the first three stages of candidate journey focus on active job seekers, the last three stages focus on the passive candidates.

LinkedIn research has shown that only 12% of people actively look for jobs, and this is the reason why recruiters have started paying more attention to passive job seekers and the awareness, consideration and interest stages of their journey.

Can you sell the opportunity with your company?  Are you able to get a candidate excited about the thought of working for you?  Are you able to make them feel that your job is better than others?  If not, you may want to consider using a recruitment agency because that is exactly their expertise.  They can you through the job process, sell your opportunity to the candidate and find you the top talent you are seeking.

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What Clients Say About Patrice & Associates

  • David Israel was a pleasure to work with and was instrumental in helping me find an excellent career opportunity .

    David was extremely professional and took the time to really listen to where I was in my career and what I was looking for. As a result of the work he did to connect me with the right opportunity, I was able to obtain a great starting salary and great benefits as well. I would highly recommend David’s services to both job seekers and employers. Josh Axmacher David Israel was a pleasure to work with!
  • Tim was nothing but helpful from the start!

    I was originally contacted by Tim as a reference for someone who used to work for me. He must have recognized that I myself was a good fit, because within a few minutes the conversation turned to me applying for the job.  He was always pushing for me. He was there to help with everything, every step of the way, and was in constant communication. He played a massive role in me landing an amazing job with an even better company. I can't stress enough how awesome this guy was. Tim will coach you through the entire process and be your biggest advocate. He has a lifetime of experience and knows exactly what companies are looking for. A+, 10/10, two thumbs up, 5-stars. Thanks for everything Tim! Brock Kinley Tim was nothing but helpful from the start
  • Tim was very patient and thorough when going through the process of trying to find employment for me and my skills. I appreciate the time and effort he put in for me and I would recommend Tim Walker & Patrice and Associates to anyone looking for great opportunities. Carolyn Floyd Tim was very patient & thorough!
  • Chris was amazing through the entire application and interview processes, 10 out of 10.

    He took his time to get to know me and really ensure that I was what he was looking for. He ensured that I had information about the hiring company to ensure it was something I felt I wanted to pursue. Chris also gave me some helpful tips and tricks in his emails about the interview process, you could tell that he was doing everything on his end to help you, it all just came down to how well you executed on your end. I would certainly recommend anyone looking for opportunities to reach out to Chris, the first possibility didn’t work out that we were attempting but he came back and nailed it with the second opportunity.
    Cody Smith
    Chris was amazing through the entire application and interview processes, 10 out of 10.
  • It was an amazing opportunity to work with David Hotovyy!

    David set me up with a great opportunity in my field as a restaurant General Manager. He really takes the time to get to know who you are and what you're about, what's important to you in your career and home life.   I would definitely recommend working with David,  and have actually passed on his contract info to several others already!
    Thank you David Hotovy & Patrice and Associates for helping me find something that is just right for me!
    Rebecca Jackson
    It was an amazing opportunity to work with David Hotovy!