Have you ever heard about slack? If yes do you use it? Great if you do. It is cloud-based application used for instant messaging developed by Slack Technologies. It’s a great way of communication within an organization. But did you ever realize that it can used for recruiting as well. Many organization use Slack to cut down emails and allow more flexibility in conversations. But not many organizations have realized that Slack is also a great platform to connect with people having general interests. For example, you can engage in real time conversations by getting into your Slack community.
Overview of common terms used in Slack:
Slack communities are nothing but groups of users who share a common field of interest. One community consists of multiple channels.
Slack Channels allows conversations between members. Community members can join freely any channel of their choice. Options to create private channels is also available where sensitive or confidential topics can be discussed.
Direct messages and group messages are used for private conversations between two people or more people (group).
Now let’s know more about Slack and how it can be used effectively by recruiters for talent acquisition.
Slack is just like any other social media platform having an array of options. However, Slack’s options are designed for more personal communication. Slack’s interface is as simple as texting or instant messaging. You can also use emoji’s or attach GIF’s to connect with candidates that just isn’t possible via email.
Slack Channels can be segregated by projects, teams or even by clients. Unlike emails Slack avoids you the headache of single overflowing or overstuffed inbox and any member can leave or join conversation at any point of time.
Using Slack people can communicate via a lot of options like Channels (May be public or private), direct or group messages, Video or voice calls. People can also share documents or photos. It’s also a lot more easier to find any chat on Slack as it provides with many effective search features. You as a recruiter can talk to candidates and also to the hiring manager on the same platform thus allowing better coordination within the team. Update on hiring methods or feedback about candidates is all available for all in seconds. You can also seek for employee referrals from your connection, also job postings can be linked to candidates social media platforms.
Talent acquisition process is time sensitive, so communicating with candidates in real-time is critical.Slack helps save a lot of time consumed by back-and-forth of emails sent to candidates to engage them or arouse interest in the open position. Slack is also a free messaging app which doesn’t limit you on a certain number for sending messages. It also offers paid plans which doesn’t cost a bomb compared to the ROI generated by making tailored hires.
Slack holds abundance of talent pool and showcasing their domain related work or documents to be observed by you. This make the whole process of finding the right fit for a position a lot easier for a recruiter cutting down a lot of steps involved just before approaching the candidate.The methods of Slack recruiting will vary from position to position or domain to domain.But making new connections always help as you never know which connection might turns to be hire.
Slack can be used for both internal and external communication. Internally it can build the team collaboration allowing real time conversations. Externally it can prove to be an external recruitment mate. It can be used as a tool to engage with talent and also for employer branding. Conversations in Slack are way more organized by default and it opens up sourcing possibilities which you might not come across otherwise. Thus utilize this social recruiting platform to its fullest potential and never regret later.