How to make a job offer
So you and your team have agreed on the candidate you’d like to offer your role to - hooray! But, not so fast - it isn’t finalised yet. You need to make sure you act quickly here and seal the deal before your perfect candidate accepts an offer from elsewhere.
It is normal for candidates to be interviewing at multiple companies at the same time - if you’re hiring top talent then it’s not unlikely that they’ll be sitting on a couple of offers and mid-way through several other applications. Don’t let your ideal candidate slip away because you haven’t made your decision and contacted them fast enough!
Give them a call
Give them a ring informing them that they are the selected candidate. In this phone conversation, also be sure to:
You don’t want to pressurise your candidate into giving an instant answer, but try and get a feel at this stage as to which side they’re leaning towards.
Follow up in writing
Once you’ve spoken with the candidate to inform them of the offer, follow up with all the information in an email in which you should include:
It’s also a good idea to include a deadline here - we suggest 2-3 days - by which you expect to receive a definite answer. If they are going to reject your offer - you need to know as soon as possible in order for you to either contact another candidate who you would like to offer the position to or to re-start your recruitment efforts.