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Candidate Communications: Should You Be Texting Job Applicants?

Should you incorporate texting into your candidate communications? Texting is a convenient and easy way to reach someone.

How do I know if the applicant got my message?” is a frequently asked question that we receive at iRecruit?

STATISTICS: 98% of text messages are opened and read versus just 20% for emails? AND, according to SMS Comparison‘s 2021 report 95% of text messages are read and responded to within 3 minutes of being received.

Texting is opt-in from the applicant’s perspective, and their cell phone number is verified, so they are more likely to open and respond to your texts over email, and voicemails. Unsolicited emails often end up in junk or spam folders.

Texting also has a discrete advantage that someone may be able to quickly reply to you. Most people have their phones nearby, so are more likely to quickly respond, increasing your time to fill.

Texting may be too informal for your offer letters, but it is recommended to use with notifications, reminders, requests for information. (See Eight Text Message Templates to Save for Texting Applicants).

With iRecruit you can use a combination of texting and more formal emails to communicate with candidates. iRecruit keeps a record of the conversation for your records, and archives closed conversations after 30 days.


About iRecruit

irecruit-duck-miniiRecruit is a cloud-based recruiting and applicant tracking and electronic onboarding software designed to provide any size of business a cost effective, affordable and truly simple way to manage the recruiting and onboarding process online. With options for ExpressProfessional and Enterprise, you can find a flexible recruiting and onboarding solution that works for your budget, and meets your needs. Join us for a demo or ask a question.

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