The legal hiring process can be a long and arduous one. You want to make sure you have the opportunity to fully evaluate a candidate. And keep in mind that it's not over once you've decided which candidate you'd like to bring on board. The next (and arguably most important) step is extending the offer.
Fortunately, we have some tips to help you recruit the most talented and experienced lawyers, law clerks, and legal support professionals.
Follow these suggestions to start the negotiation process on the right foot:
Once you've decided who you'd like to bring on board, extend the offer immediately. Delays can be costly, especially if your ideal candidate is entertaining other offers.
Nail down the details
Before you approach your potential new employee, have all of the employment details ready, including pay, benefits, time off and other perks. All of these are part of the comprehensive offer and should be ready to share with the candidate.
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Pick up the phone
You'll want to make the legal job offer verbally before anything else. Call the candidate and touch base via phone before following up with an official letter or email.
Be a brand ambassador
While extending the offer and throughout the negotiation process, remember to continue to promote the benefits of working for your firm, such as flexible work arrangements, growth within the company, a positive workplace culture or free training programs. Reinforce the reasons why they would want to join your team.
Stay in touch with your potential employee during the negotiation process so you can address any questions or needs that may come up — while continuing to reinforce your enthusiasm about them joining your team.
Plan in advance
Be prepared for the candidate to counteroffer or want to negotiate benefits or other parts of the hiring package. Know in advance what you're willing to negotiate and how far you're willing to go. Stay aligned with your organization's values and guidelines, but don't lose a great prospect over a minor point.
To learn more about legal compensation and hiring trends, check out our Salary Guide.