5 Ways to Engage Your Top Recruitment Candidates in Senior Living

Posted by Melissa Smalley on March 28, 2024 at 12:52 PM     Senior Care & LivingRecruitment Marketing
5 Ways to Engage Your Top Recruitment Candidates in Senior Living

In an increasingly competitive labor market, your business depends on both attracting and engaging top employee talent. 

Many senior living organizations are excited when they get a great resume submission or complete a positive initial phone screen. But the work to engage talent doesn’t end there! Hiring processes take time, and while you move your candidate through yours, there’s a good chance they’re participating in interviews with multiple other businesses. 

Some candidates may also already be employed, but want to find a company that is a better financial and/or cultural fit. It’s up to you to show them why they should take a risk on a new opportunity. 

Here are five recruitment marketing tactics to help you continue to engage top candidates - without investing too much additional time or resources

1. Add a Chatbot to Your Careers Page

Chatbots are a great way to automate parts of your recruiting communication process. They can be loaded with responses to commonly asked questions, direct people to the pages they’re looking for, and help you gain valuable insights about what your candidates are asking. 

For example, a chatbot can engage job seekers who are looking at your careers page by sharing information about the organization's culture, answering questions about the benefits of working there and explaining how to apply for an open position.

Outside of the initial setup, chatbots don’t require much effort on your part. It’s like having a personal assistant on your careers page that’s available 24/7. 

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2. Use Online Recruitment Assessment Tools

One of the more recent additions to the recruiter’s tool belt is the online assessment tool. When you need to narrow down a pool of applicants before scheduling interviews, you can use an assessment tool to do the job for you. 

Recruitment assessment tools can measure everything from personality type to cognitive ability to skill level. For example, if your assisted living community is looking to hire a nurse, there are assessments designed to gauge a candidate’s emotional intelligence and patient focus. 

Be mindful of the type of assessment you use. Taking the assessment shouldn’t lower candidate engagement during the recruitment process. If your assessment is too long or asks questions that don’t align with the candidate’s expectations for the role, you risk losing that applicant.

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3. Add a Personalized Video

There are two primary ways video can help engage and process candidates during the recruitment process: 1) it can help keep top candidates engaged, and 2)  it can help weed out less-than-stellar applicants.

During the initial application process, candidates don’t often feel a human connection with your organization. The more often you engage with them, and more personalized that engagement, the more likely they are to stay interested in your opportunity. 

When sending both initial and follow-up emails to candidates, add a personalized video. This helps establish and nurture a relationship with the candidate. Unlike an impersonal form email, this type of communication humanizes both you and the company. 

There are many free, easy tools you can use to create a quick video. Soapbox, Loom, and Vidyard are all popular options. Remember, your video doesn’t have to be Oscar-worthy, just authentic.

Pro tip: Instead of cutting and pasting the video link in the email — which might get it marked as spam, and will increase the email file size — insert a screenshot from the video that is hyperlinked to the video platform where the candidate can watch the video. 

You can also sort out candidates who don’t make the cut by using video calls. Before setting up an in-person interview with someone whose application has a few red flags, ask them to meet with you virtually via an online video call. If you don’t already have a digital communication platform, Google Meet is a free tool you can use.

4. Showcase Your Company’s Strengths

The best candidates are the ones who take the time to get to know your organization before and during the application process. They applied because they liked what they saw, as opposed to just chasing a paycheck.

Don’t miss out on that enthusiasm. Instead, capitalize on it by showcasing your greatest strengths and benefits. You can do this via direct channels, such as get-to-know-us packets and company culture videos sent via email to applicants.

You can also take a less direct approach by highlighting your company culture on your social media accounts and website. Most candidates, especially in the younger age group, are taking a peek at your Facebook and LinkedIn pages to see what it’s really like to work there. Keep candidate engagement high by posting insights into your company on a regular basis.

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5. Have a Comprehensive Recruitment Marketing Strategy

Boosting candidate engagement is only one part of the recruitment puzzle. If you want help planning a comprehensive strategy from start to finish, you won't want to miss our free, on-demand course tailored specifically for senior living professionals. This self-paced series will give you all the insight you need to craft a strategic recruitment marketing plan that gets you results. 

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