Today something happened. It is the same thing that happens to recruiters everywhere…
Monday morning orientation and a driver no-shows. Whenever this happens, I am rarely surprised to discover which candidate was the no-show. Here are some of the red flags that always seem to be present for these candidates:
• Candidate seems confused as to who I am each time I reach out.
• Driver has a habit of reaching out last minute with ‘personal issues’ that require him/her to reschedule orientation more than once.
• Driver is difficult to reach throughout the hiring process.
The great news is that we CAN weed out these candidates out during the hiring process! Here are some tips I use to prevent no-shows for orientation:
• Set clear expectations for the hiring process in your first communication.
• Ask all drivers scheduled for orientation to reach out to you the day before they are set to travel. DO NOT CALL THEM! A driver who does not call does not go on the orientation list.
• Do not rush a candidate through the hiring process. Take the time required to ensure you have connected with the driver and that your true interest is hiring a long-term candidate versus filling an available seat.