Again, sorry, yes and no.
Yes: I call or email candidates three times before moving on. Usually once a week for three weeks. As I move the candidate, say from the first call/email to the next I will go back to see if they have read the email, cross referencing as I go. If I see a candidate hasn’t opened an email, I will oftentimes reach out via LinkedIn or through Indeed/monster/dice, etc.
No: when I am merely running through the past weeks emails I open each and every one to see who it was sent to. If I notice someone has opened an email multiple times, I will go ahead and call/ send the next email.
For instance today, I sent an email to a candidate who missed a scheduled follow up. I emailed after hanging up, notice she opened it immediately. She has yet to respond so I’m not chasing her anymore.
I also love when someone tells me they haven’t seen an email I sent yet I could tell they’ve opened on more than one occasion.
When I was training recruiters at Zume, I spent a lot of time explaining the value of watching candidate activity.
If you’d like to screen share or discuss over the phone I’d be happy to help.
Hope this helps.