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9 Reasons Why Great Candidates Are Lost

No matter what role you’re hiring for, qualified job candidates are valuable. How do you keep your candidates moving along the interview and hiring process? Well, for starters, you can avoid these nine common stumbling blocks that will surely lose you your prized candidate.

Loss of momentum

Momentum is critical to the recruiting and hiring process. It’s a challenge to build it up and it can be lost very easily. You need to keep recruited candidates posted on what the next steps are for them. If they are left for more than 3 days with no communication from you, they will begin to sour on your opportunity.

No communication

The number one thing that all candidates want is feedback and communication. This is very easy. Tell them what the next steps are going to be and execute on those next steps.

Indecision

Indecision on the candidate’s part is understandable. However, indecision on the part of the company can stall and ruin the hiring process. You need to be committed to hiring the best candidate available.

Treating a recruited candidate like a normal job seeker

Recruited candidates should not be treated like a normal job seeker. A recruited candidate didn’t seek out your opportunity. It was brought to them and presented to them by a recruiter. The recruiter began the process of selling the candidate on your opportunity. It’s up to you to continue that sales process.

Compensation brought up too early

Compensation should be brought up later in the interview process. The candidate and company need to establish rapport and develop a mutual interest. Bringing up compensation early will only hurt you.

Unimpressive interview

A recruited candidate will be evaluating you just as much as you are evaluating them during an interview. Your office needs to be clean, your staff needs to be friendly, and you need to have prepared for the interview in advance.

Lack of market consideration

Whenever making a talent decision you need to consider the macroeconomic environment. The US is at full employment and has been for several years. Odds are that your local talent market is at full employment, as well.

Wrong compensation package

Many companies create compensation packages in a vacuum. Instead, these should be the result of a careful analysis of your talent market, the position, and level of need.

Counter-offer

Counters are not as common as you may think. A strong onboarding process needs to be in place to get your candidate excited to join your team. An excited candidate won’t be nearly as susceptible to counter-offers.

 

10 Things to Know About Recruiters | Candidate Edition

Every recruiting firm works a little bit differently. Each company has varying areas of specialization, unique candidate databases, and different services that they provide for their clients. However, one thing that all recruiting firms have in common is their commitment to finding great opportunities for great people and great people for great opportunities. There are plenty of challenges along the way, but we, at PromoPlacement, have spent years perfecting our process and getting terrific results.

Below are ten things to keep in mind when working with a recruiter:

#1

We’re a recruiting firm, not a placement or employment agency. Our business is client-driven, rather than candidate-driven. That being said, we pride ourselves on doing everything we possibly can to assist job seekers.

#2

Our days are pretty jammed-packed. We’re busy but will make as much time as possible to connect with you and to get to know you and your career goals. Even if this means working nights and weekends. Our candidates and clients are our number one priority. We’re on the phone most of the day, so email is often the best way to get a quick response.

#3

When we connect, be sure to highlight your strengths. It is achievements, successful projects, and accomplishments that help us sum up your background to the hiring managers that we work with.

#4

Don’t hesitate to share your career goals with us. What position do you aspire to hold one day? Do you have a plan about how to get there?

#5

Double-check your resume. Then, send it to two close friends and have them review it as well. Hiring managers hate resume mistakes.

#6

If we present an opportunity that isn’t quite up your alley, don’t hesitate to say so. You won’t hurt anyone’s feelings, and you’ll help us to better target opportunities for you in the future.

#7

If you suddenly can’t make an interview, please let all parties know as soon as possible.

#8

If we’re unable to identify the right opportunity for you at the moment, be patient. There are several ways that we can create the right opportunity for you. It just takes time and patience. Be sure to stay in touch and keep us posted on your job search so that we can best assist you.

#9

If we’re able to help you find the right opportunity, the best way to say “thank you” is with referrals.

#10

The way to build the best possible relationship with your recruiter is to be completely honest and transparent. The more candid you are about your career goals and your hopes for the future, the more likely it is that our relationship with bring you the career success you deserve.

To read more about how recruiters work read our client edition on this topic.

What has your experience been with recruiters? How can we improve to better serve you?

 

11 Essential Things to Take to Your Interview

11 Essential Things to Take to Your Interview

11 Essential Things to Take to Your Interview

Job interviews are stressful. Unfortunately, nothing can change that. There’s a lot on the line. However, you can minimize the stress of interview day by being prepared. A big part of that preparation is having everything you could potentially need for the interview. Bring these eleven essential items with you to your interview to reduce your stress and maximize your chances of landing the job.

A few copies of your resume

  • Odds are your potential employer already has a copy of your resume in digital form. However, you may be interviewing with multiple people or might be asked for a hard copy during the course of the interview. Have several copies ready to hand out and you won’t have to worry about it coming up.
  • PRO TIP: Go to a print shop and have your resume printed out on nice paper. It’s cheap and will take about 10 minutes. It makes for a much better presentation than if you just run a few copies off your home printer.

A folder or bag

  • You’ll need something to keep your paper and notes in. I recommend a padfolio because it allows for paper storage and easy note-taking. Whatever item you select for this purpose keep it clean, organized, and professional.

A pen and notepad

  • Taking notes during your interview is a must. It shows that you’re engaged, diligent, and actively listening. Make sure that your pen works and that your notepad clean and crisp. Keep these items simple. Your bobblehead pen won’t be seen as cute, it will be seen as a distraction.

Some prepared responses

  • Read our blog post on tough interview questions. Ensure that you’ve written out answers to each of them and any others you think might come up. Now, don’t read these responses during your interview, but keep them in a side folder in case you need to review them before your interview.

Some prepared questions

  • Much like your notes on responses listed above, you need to prepare questions for your interviewer. Nothing looks worse than when an interviewer wraps up an hour-long conversation with “So, what questions do you have for me?” and the response is “Um, nothing really.” Prepare insightful questions that display your understanding of the role and the business.

Job description

  • You should already be very familiar with the job description. It can be helpful when preparing responses and questions. Bring it with you if you have a particular question about the role or just in case you need to review it last minute to get in the zone.

The interview details

  • Bring Google Map directions. Don’t laugh! Detours, accidents, and road construction are everyday occurrences. The best practice here is to drive to the interview location the day or evening before the interview to be sure you know where you’re going. Have your interviewer’s contact information handy in case something comes up.

Turned off cell phone

  • If you need to bring your phone turn it off. The best option is just to leave it in your car. If you’re bringing the other items on this list with you, you won’t need it.

Grooming essentials

  • Bring whatever you’ll need to spruce yourself up at the last minute. Could be a hairbrush, comb, or lint roller for your suit. The more confident you are about your appearance, the more confident you’ll come across in the interview.

Mints or gum

  • There’s nothing wrong with freshening up at the last minute. No one likes coffee breath. However, don’t chew gum or mints during your interview. It’s distracting and unprofessional.

Bottle of water

  • Many offices will offer visitors water or coffee on arrival. Don’t rely on that. Bring your own small bottle of water. Few things are worse than trying to sell yourself for a job and struggling with a tickle in your throat the whole time.

Use this list when preparing for your next job interview. You’ll be ready for anything an employer can throw at you and will be significantly more confident when speaking with them.

For more information on interview preparation read our article on “How to Prepare for a Job Interview”.

Did we miss anything? What item are you always sure to bring on a job interview?