73% think the interview process is stressful: 3 ways to instantly improve yours & hire the talent you want

If I told you 73% of job seekers think the interview process is stressful, would you believe me?


This stat should be a wakeup call for all recruiters in all industries across the world. But only the most adaptable will actually do anything about it.

Field of Talent helps organizations like USA Gymnastics and Community Health Network shift their recruitment strategy into modern times. And reduce their candidates’ stress so they enjoy the hiring process.

It makes a biiig difference.

So what’s causing all this stress and how can we as recruiters alleviate it?

Understanding your candidates’ stress

Imagine being in their shoes:

Maybe they just got laid off.

Maybe they need a second job to make ends meet.

Maybe – just maybe – they desperately want to get away from a horrible boss 😂

Horrible boss

So now they’re applying for jobs, polishing resumes and crossing fingers that their applications don’t disappear into a black hole.

And when they finally get a call back, the drawn-out interview process is enough to cause anyone a mental breakdown.

Not to mention employer ghosting that’s waaay too common nowadays.

Or worse, an impersonal rejection email a few months later.

All these factors are enough to stress any awesome job seeker. And the more stressed they are, the less they get to present themselves in interviews as they’d truly be on your team.

3 steps to instantly improve your hiring process

Alright, now we understand what’s stressing our candidates out. So how do we fix it?

First, you have to think about your candidates. What do they most desire in a hiring process?

  • Speed
  • Communication
  • Demonstration of mission, values and culture

So how do you give them the best candidate experience possible? You make sure you provide each of those elements.

Outsourcing recruitment to an external partner is the smart move

1. Automate

No, this is not about replacing humans with bots. Yet…

It’s about using the right tools to streamline the tedious, repetitive parts of the hiring process – the stuff that humans shouldn’t be doing.

Take candidate screening, for example. What might take a human hours upon hours would take an AI a couple seconds. Your ATS can quickly sift through applications and find the best matches based on predetermined criteria.

Not only does it save you time, but it also helps you communicate back to your candidates faster. Win win.

2. Communicate

What’s the last communication you sent to a friend or colleague? Was it an email or a phone call or quick message (IM or text)?

The way we humans communicate is always changing. Duh…

So why as recruiters do we have to default to such an outdated (and slow) medium like email? Especially when most inboxes are inundated with spam and sales 24/7.

On the other hand, 65% of texts are not only opened, but RESPONDED TO – within 10 minutes.

So why not shake things up and communicate with your candidates how they want to be communicated with?

  • Text them updates on their application status.
  • Text them quick questions about minor details.
  • Text them interview confirmations and reminders.

This is how you make your candidates feel more comfortable (and human) throughout your hiring process.

3. Outsource your recruitment strategy & execution

To accomplish those first two changes inside your company, we assume you have an internal recruitment team. Or at least a function overseeing talent acquisition and people strategy.

If you don’t (and even if you do), Recruitment-as-a-Service (RaaS) firms like Field of Talent make sure your candidates are treated right – from the moment they submit their application to when they receive your offer (or a respectful rejection).

With centuries of experience on the team, we know how to create a fast, candidate-friendly interview process as a supplement to your team.

  • You have your ATS.
  • You have your SMS outreach platform.
  • Now add a capable recruitment partner in the mix and get all the talent you need to grow your company.
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What sets them apart from the rest of the crowd is their care for the human behind the application, the human they’ll eventually share a workspace with.

  1. Speed up the hiring process by automating repetitive tasks
  2. Communicate with and respond to candidates in their preferred medium
  3. Partner with an organization that can execute your recruitment strategy to a T

When you make these changes, you attract top talent. It’s that simple.

People want to work for a company that makes them feel whole, feel valued and supported. Eradicate their stress from the interview process and you’re halfway there.

Need a hand in your talent acquisition strategy? Field of Talent has helped USA Gymnastics, Community Health and other organizations scale their recruitment process and hire top-tier talent.

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Schedule a free chat with our team here.

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