When candidates apply there will be a tooltip under the Phone field letting them know that this number may be used by the hiring team to contact them. If they add their phone number the system will mark them as consenting to receive text messages.
If they are sourced/uploaded candidates, you can still collect their consent via email or other means. In those cases, we recommend asking for their written consent so that you have a record of it, so email is the best format.
A candidate's consent should only be considered for recruiting purposes around the specific job they are in consideration for. We do not recommend texting candidates about things like company news or advertising other jobs unless these things pertain to an ongoing and relevant conversation.
If a candidate consented to receive texts a long time ago and you plan to reach out after a long gap in communication, we recommend reconfirming their consent. For example, a candidate who applied and consented 6 months ago may not remember that they applied and is likely not expecting to be contacted.
You take responsibility for any laws and regulations which may apply when texting candidates without their consent. The deliverability of your texts may also be impacted when texting without consent.