Text communication has crossed the point of no return. If you don’t text you might be dead. With email inboxes overflowing and voicemail boxes full, hiring managers have started to use text messaging in the recruitment process. RHT recently surveyed their clients and found that 67% of IT decision-makers with hiring authority use text messaging as a way to coordinate interviews with prospective job candidates.
The first time a candidate receives a text message from a recruiter or hiring manager they might be a little taken back.
A few tips to get to make it go smoothly:
- Be prompt but don’t rush
- Try to respond in a timely fashion but if you’re out at a bar for Friday Happy Hour it’s OK to wait till the next morning to respond.
- Keep it professional and clear
- People can easily misinterpret long-winded text messages so if you have a long response ask for the best time to speak with them on the phone.
- Avoid text slang and emojis
- As much as we love to see 😊 😂 or 🐒 they don’t belong in communication with your potential new boss.
- Follow their lead about future texts
- One text about interview scheduling doesn’t open the door for this to be your main channel of communication unless they specifically advise. Best to send your thank you message and any further follow-ups over email
48% of US workers polled by the RHT have received a text message from a potential employer. If you haven’t received a text message from a hiring manager yet it is likely to happen soon.
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