Good Reasons to Hate Job Interviews
For managers, the hiring process is a tiresome journey. However, it’s also time-consuming and grueling for job candidates. Here are five things you can do to make the experience more pleasant for those who apply to your open positions. How do you think the job candidates feel? Because the process is all that for them too, as well as being pretty scary. Here are five things that job candidates wish you wouldn’t do during the hiring process.
1. Interview process is painfully long
If perfection is the goal having multiple interviews for one person across multiple days can make the best candidate disappointed. Having potential employees taking a half a day vacation from their current jobs just to attend an interview can become annoying. If you get the job then no big deal, but for those individuals who need to return to their current jobs taking off multiple days can hurt. You start to wonder who the decision maker is. Just like actors in a movie, candidates are rehearsing their lines for the star role working for your company. You can’t tell who will produce versus who had the best personality within 90 minutes no matter what day or how many people interview.
2. Job descriptions that catch all
Jobs descriptions that are not thoroughly defined create problems for the company and future prospects. Will you catch the right person if the best candidates arrive at an interview not understanding fully what is required daily? How much time is wasted on interviews because the details were not in the job description? Perfect example is having to be on-call for the weekends is a deal breaker for the best person.
3. No notice that the position has been filled
How many weeks do you wait just to find out the position is no longer available. What is the average wait time to call concerning the position that you were interview for? If a job candidate doesn’t hear from a company at all, he or she knows they don’t have the job. Nevertheless, it’s still disappointing not to hear anything. Understand there is no good way to break the news about a job position. Couldn’t technology provide some assistance, human resources could send a card in the mail or provide some type of job line providing information concerning job positions that are closed.
4. Job positions open too long
If a position opens on January 1, why is the position still open in February with no good news or bad news? The stress of waiting for this position when you know you are ready to leave your current position can drive you nuts.
Hiring the best person can be tricky. Even if you hire someone, you definitely want to make his or her first few months on the job a trial run. Does the decision to hire have to go through a corporate process that is like watching paint dry?
5. Internal candidates
Most companies who want to hire an internal candidate must publicly advertise the position. I know that companies are just trying to make sure they open things up to everyone to level the playing field, but this sucks if you’re someone looking for a job. If you don’t have a job it’s tough because you get cleaned up for nothing. The best suit, shiny shoes, and your “A” game for winning this job position.
Your solution to all of these situations above is to create a game plan to stand out. This can range from bringing up the many situations why you are the all-around best candidate. Whatever you decide, make sure you do your best to impress for the future just in case another opportunity opens up. You could soar to the top of the list if there are new openings. Welcome to the front of the line the next time around.
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