Why You are Losing Candidates: Give Timely Feedback to Retain Top Candiates

April 4th, 2014

Have you been struggling through the application and interviewing process to add a new member to your team? Many factors can contribute to not finding top candidates but sometimes they stem from the hiring process itself. Before you blame the talent pool or other outside factors, look at your current hiring processes. Can you do anything to improve your success rate? Here are a few reasons you may be missing out on top candidates and minor fixes to solve the problem.

  • This is taking too long! Candidates often complain about the length of time it takes for a company to schedule interviews or make a decision. They are also easily frustrated by a lack of communication during every step of the process. Sometimes good candidates are put in a holding pattern so companies can continue interviewing to find the elusive “perfect” fit. People who don’t hear back aren’t likely to stick around. They may accept another position or dismiss a company that finally gets back to them a month or more later. Focus on communication. Let candidates know if they are not choses and keep top candidates up to date on where you are in the process.
  • The interview is all over the place! Bad interviewing techniques can also drive away star candidates. Unrelated questions or the classic “if you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?” can be a major turn off for potential employees. On the flip side, making a decision based on a gut instinct in an interview can have disastrous results. Don’t set up impossible hoops for candidates to jump through. Establish an interviewing procedure and ask each candidate the same questions so you can compare apples to apples. Have another team member interview as well and discuss your thoughts together.
  • Why would I want to work there? Company culture is becoming a make it or break it issue when candidates are choosing their next employer. You might have a great company but aren’t selling it right. You might be missing some amenities that other organizations are providing as a matter of course. Look at your policies and see what you can use to entice stellar candidates to your door. Do you have a good work/life balance? Do you have flexible hours? What personalities already work in your company? What benefits do you offer above and beyond medical coverage and vacation days?

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