How to Engage New Hires with your Employee Referral Program

How to Engage New Hires with your Employee Referral Program

Tawfiq Abu-Khajil
July 11, 2024
2 min read
Why are new hires the best source of employee referrals?
New hires are great sources for referrals because they bring fresh perspectives, recent industry connections, and firsthand experience of your hiring process. Their enthusiasm and network can attract top talent, ensuring a continuous influx of qualified candidates aligned with your company culture.

1. Introduce the Referral Program During Onboarding

Start by introducing the referral program during the onboarding process. This can be done through an orientation session or an informational packet. Explain the benefits of the program, such as potential bonuses, recognition, and the opportunity to work with friends or former colleagues. Emphasize how their contributions can shape the company's future and foster a collaborative environment.

For example, at Eqo, we provide our customers with complimentary branded business cards that they place in their orientation packets. 

2. Highlight Success Stories With Image & Videos

Sharing success stories can be a powerful motivator. Highlight examples of employees who have successfully referred candidates who turned out to be great hires. These stories can be shared during orientation on slides. Using images and videos of referred hires working together can be pretty powerful.

3. Make the Process Simple

Ensure that the referral process is straightforward and user-friendly. Provide clear guidelines on how to submit a referral and what qualifies as a successful referral. Additionally, outline the rewards clearly—whether it’s monetary bonuses, additional time off, or public recognition. Simplifying the process and making it rewarding encourages participation.

4. Utilize Technology

Leverage technology to make the referral process seamless. Use platforms designed to facilitate employee referrals, allowing new hires to easily submit referrals, track the status of their referrals, and receive updates. Technology can also automate reminders about the referral program, keeping it top of mind. See why leading organizations are utilizing Eqo

5. Provide Training and Guidance 

Offer training sessions to help new hires understand the referral program and how to identify potential candidates. This could include workshops on networking skills, using LinkedIn effectively, and crafting compelling messages to reach out to potential referrals. Providing support shows that the company is invested in their success as referrers.

6. Gather and Act on Feedback

Regularly seek feedback from new hires about the referral program. Understand what they find challenging or rewarding and make adjustments accordingly. A powerful tip can be asking them how your referral program compares to their previous employer.

8. Celebrate and Recognize Referrals

Celebrate every successful referral publicly. Whether through a shoutout in a company-wide email, a feature in the internal newsletter, or a special mention during a meeting, recognition can be a powerful motivator. It also reinforces the importance of the referral program within the company culture.

See how organizations use Eqo to maximize employee referrals from new hires

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