How to create an auto-nurture Workflow in Clinch Talent

In Clinch Talent, a Workflow is a series of automated actions triggered when a candidate completes a call-to-action. An 'auto-nurture Workflow,' then, is the name given to a Workflow set-up specifically to nudge candidates who have started an application but not yet completed it, with a view to progressing them through the funnel. 

This Workflow is fully customizable, and you can choose whether to have your Workflow triggered by any/all candidate(s) who complete a particular call-to-action, or, by those candidates who complete that call-to-action AND meet additional criteria.

To create an auto-nurture Workflow in Clinch Talent, simply follow these steps:

1. In the left menu, go to Workflows. Click on the green "+" button to create a new workflow.

2. Name your workflow. In the case of auto-nurture, it's helpful, for tracking purposes, to give your workflow a name that clearly illustrates its function, e.g. Auto-nurture: customer care jobs 

3. From the trigger dropdown, select 'Call-to-Action' and choose the CTA, 'Apply URL.'

4. Associating your workflow with a specific web campaign is optional. N.B. Where the CTA is used in multiple places and you choose to associate the workflow with a web campaign, the workflow will only run when the CTA is performed within that web campaign. 

5. If you would like to run the auto-nurture workflow for a specific subset of jobs only, you can do so by entering the relevant Jobs Criteria. The example above shows how to create an auto-nurture workflow for 'Customer Care' jobs only. You will find a guide to structuring jobs criteria here

6. 'Restrict this workflow to live jobs?' Checking this box ensures that any workflow that has an associated job will be cancelled if that job is archived (or put into 'Draft' mode if manually added) following workflow activation. Using the example above, if a workflow is activated for a Customer Care job that is subsequently archived, the auto-nurture workflow will be cancelled. This prevents candidates from receiving a nudge email encouraging them to revisit and complete an application for a job that is no longer live.

7. In response to "When would you like to run this workflow?", you can choose from:

  • Always
  • If the candidate matches search criteria

If your Workflow is conditional — that is, triggered only by those candidates who complete the call-to-action AND who meet certain criteria — you will be asked to set the criteria in the builder that appears below.

For more information on using the query builder, please see our article on using Advanced Search in Clinch.


You will now start to build out your workflow by adding steps. Click the "+" button to add your first step.

8. Select "Delay" from the dropdown and choose the period of time you wish the system to wait for before sending the first "nudge" email encouraging candidates who have yet to complete their application to do so. We suggest a minimum delay of one day.

9. After hitting Save, you will be returned to the Workflow screen where you will see your first step, the delay, in place. Click the "+" button below this step to add the "If/else branch" that will allow you to automate different actions depending on whether the condition you specify evaluates to true or false. 

10. Choose "if/else branch" from the dropdown and set the Workflow step condition to "Job application status" "has ever been equal to" "Completed." Hit Save to return to the Workflow screen.

11. Click the "+" button on the green or right-side branch to specify what should happen when the condition is true, i.e. the candidate's job application status HAS ever been equal to "Completed."

12. In this workflow step, you will specify that a particular email is sent to the candidate from a specific team member. In this instance, we're acknowledging that the candidate has completed their application. This action will complete that branch. 

For more information on creating emails in Clinch Talent,  click here

13. Hit Save and return to the Workflow screen. This time, click on the red or left-side branch to specify what should happen when the condition is false, i.e. the candidate's job application status has NOT ever been equal to "Completed." 

14. Follow the steps outlined in step no. 10, however, this time, choose an email that reminds the candidate that they have not completed their application and encourages them to do so. Hit save to return to the Workflow screen. Your auto-nurture Workflow should now look like this:

15. Click on the plus button below the "Nudge candidate" email step and repeat steps 8 through 11.  

16. On the Workflow Step screen, select "Delay" from the dropdown. At this stage, we suggest waiting a minimum of three days before delivering the next "Nudge" email to your candidate. Select a delay and hit Save.
The latter half of your Workflow should now look like this:

17. Click the "+" button below the latest delay step and on the screen that follows, select "Email" from the first dropdown, titled "What kind of workflow step would you like?"  When choosing your email, remember that this is the candidate's second "nudge" to complete their application. (For more information on creating emails in Clinch Talent,  click here.) 

Make your selections accordingly, and hit save. 

Your auto-nurture Workflow should now look like this:

18. Repeat steps 13 through 15 as many times as you feel is effective in getting candidates over the line. We recommend a maximum of three nudge emails, sent over a period of two weeks starting when the candidate fills out an Apply URL at intervals of 1 day later, 3 days later, and 7 days later. 

Measure Effectiveness

To view analytics on your Workflow's performance, go to Reports > Workflow in the top or left menu. Then, choose your date range, and click on the relevant Workflow name. 

N.B. In some cases, where companies have openings for several similar roles, candidates may apply (or start applications) to multiple jobs in close succession. Oftentimes, those jobs may have very similar, if not identical, titles. In a situation like this, we recommend utilizing a workflow condition designed specifically to manage such scenarios. Click here to learn more. 

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