Recruiting great employees who are corporate culture fits is one of the most rewarding, and most difficult, aspects of building a startup. Creating the best place to work with strong, aligned values does wonders for the recruiting process. Even so, there’s a part of the recruiting process that doesn’t get the attention it deserves: the critical time between employee offer letter and commitment.
Here are some ideas to increase the chance of that great potential hire accepting their offer:
- Provide a deadline in the offer to create a timeframe and expectations for a response
- Talk on the phone and describe how excited you are for them to join your team before sending the written offer (delivering the message in person or over the phone is much more impactful)
- Maintain an open and continuous dialogue while working hard to address any concerns they might have
- Allow for negotiation of compensation but be weary of too much back and forth
Changing employers, especially when joining a startup, is a big decision. Once an offer is sent to a potential employee, it’s critical to work hard to see the process through to a commitment to come aboard.
What else? What are some other best practices around the time between an employee is given an offer letter to them signing on?