12 Recruitment Text Message Templates to Convert High-Quality Candidates
The average response time for an email is 90 minutes. For a text, it's 90 seconds.
No matter who you're recruiting, SMS is an awesome way to engage candidates and bring best-of-breed talent straight to your door. So whether you're looking to bring in a select group of passive candidates, or you want to keep all your candidate pools engaged without lifting a finger, texting can help.
We've created some templates to help make sure you hit the right note.
Templates to introduce yourself
Let's face it. LinkedIn messages from recruiters are a dime a dozen for top-quality candidates. If you really want to stand out, take the leap and introduce yourself via SMS. Here are a few suggestions to help make the intro feel natural, never creepy.
Templates to nurture and engage
73% of US millennials and Gen Z’ers interact with each other digitally more than they do in real life. True story. If you want a quick and positive reply, you need to speak their language. These templates will help you get the fast and friendly answers you need.
Templates to schedule an interview
One of the most natural places for a quick SMS follow up is immediately after the phone screen. But even if you haven't had the chance to chat voice-to-voice, you can still do everyone a favor and skip the tedious group email chains by simply texting your candidate a link to your calendar.
Templates to get a fast reply
Unfortunately, ghosting happens. Make sure no one on the hiring team gets stood up for an interview by reaching out with quick reminders or requests for information.
The Dos and Don'ts of Texting Candidates
Still not sure where to start? Don't sweat it. We've put together a quick checklist of all the text messaging dos and don'ts so that, no matter where you get started, you'll kick off on the right foot.
- Get permission!
- Keep it succinct, legal and on-brand
- Make it personal
- Use SMS to schedule interviews
- Use text messages after the first phone screen
- Use text messages to get an immediate response
- Send texts the same way you'd like to receive them
- Don't send lengthy texts
- Don't send a message that could be easily misinterpreted
- NEVER use text message to disposition a candidate
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