Common Job Offer Mistakes to Avoid Making

A job offer is never a decision made lightly.  By the time you are ready to extend an offer to your top candidate, you’ve put in numerous hours and a great deal of thought.  You’ve focused hard on the candidate search and made certain that this is the top contender in the field for the job.

So how do you ensure your top choice becomes your new top employee?

Employers make a number of mistakes during the offer process that cost them top talent – but you don’t have to follow the same path.  Here are several common job offer mistakes and how to avoid them:

  1. Skipping the verbal offer. When you’re ready to make an offer, pick up the phone or make the offer in person first. Then, follow up with the written offer that specifies the details.  Top candidates are always in high demand, which means time is of the essence.  The time it takes your letter to reach the candidate might be the time in which the candidate says “yes” to another organization.
  2. Skimping on the details. Your written offer letter should cover all the details of the offered position: job title, status (full or part time), the supervisor’s name, the expected start date, pay rates and frequency, and benefits offered, if any. Also include a short list of primary duties.  This can help you avoid conflicts later, and it helps both you and the candidate know exactly what’s expected.
  3. Ignoring your research. When you make a job offer to a top candidate, the entire compensation package must be competitive. Top legal support candidates know what they’re worth, and they know what offers they can expect for their experience and connections in the field.  Before making the offer, make sure what you’re offering is competitive.  Your staffing partner can provide up-to-date reference information and help you develop a compensation package that appeals to top candidates.

At Kent Legal, our staffing partners take on the tough tasks, so you can avoid making common hiring mistakes and find the legal support talent you need in less time.  Contact us today to learn more about how we can manage your recruitment process, from finding talent, to vetting and interviewing candidates, to extending offers on your behalf. Contact us to learn more about our Toronto legal support recruitment solutions today.

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