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Making rejection less stressful: tips for Kiwi employers

A how-to guide for giving applicants a positive experience, even when delivering the not so great news.

In today's job market, giving candidates a positive experience, even when delivering rejection news, is essential for any New Zealand employer. We've got some easy tips to help you handle candidate rejections with a friendly and laid-back approach based on recent research insights.

Here's the lowdown of what candidates want:

  1. Keep it simple: Candidates don't need a detailed breakup of why they didn't make the cut. A simple reason, even if it's a bit generic, is all they're after. It's about giving them some closure.
  2. Timing is key: Most candidates expect feedback within 10 days.

Top tips:

  • Be constructive: Offer a little feedback to help them understand the decision. Maybe mention that someone else had more experience or a specific skill was needed. It's a win-win.
  • Keep it personal: Use their name and show gratitude for their interest. It softens the blow.

  • Encourage future applications: Let them know they're welcome to apply for future roles. It's a friendly nudge that says, "We're still interested in you."

Handling rejections can be stress-free and friendly. By following these tips employers can create a more chill and transparent job market. It's a win-win situation – your brand looks good, and candidates feel respected.

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