Once you’ve found a candidate you like, reach out to them by filling in the message panel on the right-hand side of their profile page. This is how all communication with candidates start.

Competing requests

If a candidate has requests from other companies, the number of competing requests will be displayed above the monthly salary field in the message panel.

How to reach out to a candidate

When reaching out, you must always include a salary amount and a personal message to the candidate. Additionally, select the position that best matches the candidate's skill set.

Preferred salary

You’ll see that each candidate has a preferred salary on their profile. We help them choose this number, and base it on what they are currently earning as well as the market related salaries for their skill set.

The salary you include in your first message is a non-binding amount, that simply ensures both parties are speaking in the same ballpark and not wasting each other’s time. The final offer amount is still negotiable between you and the candidate.

Selecting a position

A position contains a job title, job description and message template that you can reuse each time you reach out to a new candidate for the same position. If you have a position set up, simply select the position from the drop down menu and it will automatically add the job spec and templated message.

Find out more about how to set up a position here

Positions you add on OfferZen are only visible to candidates when you send them a message.

Crafting your message

A good message will get candidates excited about the opportunity and is more likely to get a positive response.

What should you include in your message?

  • Introduce yourself, indicate you’ve read the candidate's profile and that you are interested in speaking to him or her.

  • Explain what makes your company unique

  • Talk about your tech stack and the role. What kind of person and skills are you looking for?

  • Mention the first step in your hiring process – candidates find it useful to know what to expect

  • Ask for availability and contact details - it helps avoid the "back and forth"

When you’re done, click 'Send message'

I’ve sent the message, now what?

Once you've sent the initial reach out message the candidate will be notified, and should respond by accepting or declining the request within 48 hours.

Don’t be afraid to send messages to multiple candidates, not every request you send will be accepted by the candidate.

To find out what to do once a candidate has responded to your message, check out this guide.

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