Remember that talented person you wanted to hire, the one everyone liked so well? She ended up turning down your job offer, and come to think of it, she wasn’t the only one. Do you have any idea why?
You could be unknowingly scaring away talent, those you’ve interviewed and others you haven’t even met.
Recruiting expert and author Diana Martz, writing on Boston.com’s blog, cites a CareerBuilder.com study that found that 75 percent of businesses fail to create a “positive candidate experience.” You could be turning off great candidates and causing them to not recommend you to other people in their network. In fact, Martz says, if you’re providing a negative candidate experience during the recruiting and interview processes, you pretty much don’t have a prayer of snaring top talent.
So what’s a “negative experience?” Things like not responding to applicants or not managing a candidate’s time properly; anything that creates an impression of disrespect and even arrogance. No wonder these turned-off candidates also discourage others from pursuing a job or even doing business with you! But there are things you can be doing, Martz says, to make sure this doesn’t happen:
Beyond being just generally clueless, there are apparently even more specific ways to scare off good people. Recruiter.com highlights 10 of them just in the interview process alone:
Now that you know how you might be scaring away potentially great employees, how about some tips for attracting them? Wharton Professor Paul J. H. Schoemaker suggests six ways to attract top talent:
The more you offer, the more likely you’ll hire with success. And remember—it’s not all about money. Top candidates are also looking for growth, development, opportunity, recognition, lifestyle, a sense of belonging and balance.
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