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3 ways you could be turning off dream candidates

Written by Guest Author | November 21, 2014 | 1 Comment
SurveyMost of us who have ever tried to pursue a romantic relationship will know the pain that tends to come with the object of our affections rejecting us. Try as you might to impress them, sometimes, that still doesn’t stop them being more interested in someone else.
The hiring process can be very similar. You might be working with the best possible recruitment advertising agency, but the very best candidates may still elude you.
But are you putting off these candidates with your behaviour? Here are the things to look out for.

1. Being too ‘eager’ 

Much as, sometimes, people can be desperate just to avoid being single, so employers can also sometimes be looking for nothing more than a quick hire.
Unfortunately, that’s obvious to savvy job seekers when they notice how little you have researched their strengths and interests before giving them an offer. You would expect a candidate to do their homework on your company before they apply for a role with you, so why shouldn’t the opposite be the case?

2. Producing poor job descriptions 

Are your job descriptions vague about what the position entails? Are they even up to date? These are the questions that you need to ask yourself if you are to avoid frustrating good candidates.
To make sure each job description that you write is accurate and detailed, ask the hiring manager some key questions about the position and ideal candidate. Write the description, check it with the hiring manager and then put it out into the world.

3. Not following up properly 

If you want to create the right impression in candidates and not alienate them from applying for your roles again in future, you’ll want to get in touch with them after they have applied for your vacancy, even if it’s merely to inform them that their application has been unsuccessful.
Sure, it may be time-consuming to send replies to failed candidates manually, but that’s where an applicant tracking system (ATS) can be useful in issuing automatic and timely updates via email.
Remember that it’s not just the candidate’s responsibility to impress – you’ll also need to do plenty of impressing yourself if you are to attract the best quality people, with or without the help of a recruitment advertising agency like Webrecruit.

One thought on “3 ways you could be turning off dream candidates

  1. Paul from TheJobWorx on Reply

    How refreshing to see an acknowledgement that the recruiting firm is also being interviewed and assessed by the candidate in the hiring process. Unfortunately too many hiring managers and agents forget this crucial aspect.

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