Applicant Tracking Lessons from Young Frankenstein

Happy Halloween!  Today, I bring you 5 Tips to Avoid a Frightful Candidate Experience with the help of my favorite Halloween movie, Young Frankenstein. From the top:

Dr. Frankenstein: “I am not a Frankenstein. I’m a Fronkensteen.”
Tip 1: Get personal! Know your applicants and how to pronounce their name. A little bit of effort goes a long way. By the way, my last name is Friemering, pronounced free-mer-ring, not “fri”.

Igor: “What hump?”
Tip 2: The obvious isn’t always so, and sometimes it keeps changing. Maintain a steady stream of communication, and provide thorough instructions throughout the process.

Igor: “There, wolf. There, castle.”
Dr. Frankenstein: “Why are you talking that way?”
Tip 3: Don’t underestimate! Provide applicants with opportunities to elaborate and supply more than A, B, C, or D. Utilize open-ended questions, and various data collection techniques to gather the best information possible.

Igor: “Abby Normal”
Tip 4: Sometimes abnormal is all we have. Sometimes abnormal works. Think outside the box and incorporate abnormal into your hiring process.

Dr. Frankenstein: “No matter what you hear in there, no matter how cruelly I beg you, no matter how terribly I may scream, do not open this door or you will undo everything I have worked for. Do you understand? Do not open this door!”
Tip 5:   When the going gets tough, the tough get creative. When trapped, Dr. Frankenstein modified his message to appeal to the monster and persuade him to cooperate.  Take a step back and reevaluate the applicant tracking tools you have available.   Are you reaching your target audience?  Is your employment brand and hiring process persuading applicants to continue or are you fighting for your life?

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