Searching for a new job is one of the most stressful things most adults undertake. It\u2019s right up there with moving home and having children. If someone has been fired, made redundant, or been out of work for a while, the pressure of finding new work can mount with every day that passes without a job offer. Of course, hiring managers and recruiters aren\u2019t beholden to the same timescale as most candidates. This is especially so if they are filling thirty or more positions at any given time. Hiring managers may not have the time to make each candidate feel warm and fuzzy, but there are certain things they can do to make the process more transparent, more helpful, and less daunting. 1. Be Careful with Computer-Generated Autoresponders You\u2019re using technology to sift through swathes of resumes. Most candidates expect this. What they don\u2019t expect is to receive a blunt, stock, automated email telling them they\u2019ve been unsuccessful less than a day after they applied. No one likes rejection. It\u2019s a necessary part of recruitment, however, so it\u2019s best when it\u2019s done courteously. Rejections can be automated, but messages should be well constructed. Don\u2019t forget to thank the candidate for their application. And consider explaining that automation is necessary because it is not possible to write individually to every candidate. 2. Respond to Check-In Calls and Emails If you\u2019re swamped with potential employees, this can be a tough one to manage. Unfortunately, if you don\u2019t respond to reasonably timed check in calls and emails, however, it does send the signal that you do not care about your candidates. If you don\u2019t care about your candidates, how much do you care about the staff? As a hiring manager or recruiter, you are on the front line of image and brand. Prospective employees interact with you first. If they are not feeling the love and respect from you, good candidates may focus their search elsewhere. 3. Give Feedback A good candidate has taken the time to prep for your interview, dry clean his suit, buy herself a new outfit, and get his or her hair done. There may even have been teeth whitening involved. They\u2019ve swatted up on your company, and prepared materials, such as a presentation or a portfolio. Getting a job is a lot of work! After the interview, it\u2019s not only courteous but also very helpful to give some indication of how it went. It\u2019s very difficult to read interviewers while you are being interviewed. A few words about what went well does not give a candidate false hope; it makes them a better interviewee and a better employee. Any feedback will be appreciated. With the rise of technology and automation in the hiring process, it\u2019s important to remember that human lives and needs are at the core of the process. Treat others how you would like to be treated, and you\u2019ll be projecting a fantastic image for your organization.