Once you’ve found a candidate you're interested in, reach out to them by sending a message from the right-hand side panel of their profile. This is how all communication with candidates on OfferZen starts.

How to reach out to a candidate

To reach out, you need to specify a salary amount and write a message to the candidate. You can also select one of your positions to reach out to the candidate for a specific role.

Preferred salary

You’ll see that each candidate has a preferred salary on their profile. We help them choose this number, and base our advice on what they are currently earning as well as what is market related for their experience.

The salary you specify in your first message is a non-binding amount that simply ensures that you and the candidate are considering a salary roughly 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

Positions represent the roles you're looking to fill. They allow you to specify a job title, description, and message template that you can reuse each time you reach out to a new candidate for the same position.

To reach out to a candidate for a specific position, simply select the position from the drop down menu. Selecting a position will auto-populate the message field with your saved message template and automatically share your job spec/description with the candidate.

When you reach out to a candidate with a specific position selected they will be added to your open positions dashboard which gives you an overview of the hiring pipeline for each of your positions.

When you send a message with a position selected the candidate will see the position name and job spec/description saved to that position.

Find out more about how to set up a position here.

Crafting your message

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

  • Describe what your company does and what makes it unique

  • Introduce your company culture and values

  • Outline your tech stack and the role you're hiring for

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

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

What to expect once you've reached out

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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