It's critical to respond to applicants in a timely manner, particularly when hiring for hard-to-staff positions. When you post a position, schedule time to review candidates at least three times a week. If you know you won't consider some candidates, immediately send a letter notifying them they aren't being considered for the position. Encourage them to apply to other open positions for which they may be more qualified.
Prompt response time has a tremendous impact on our recruiting efforts, and it makes our applicants feel respected. Remember that every applicant is a potential future hire and they share their experience with others applying to DPS.