So we have recently moved to a new area due to a change in my husbands job. I love and support my husband and this has been the best thing for our relationship, despite meaning I have had to lay aside a job I loved to look for another. I have no issue with this, but after a three month search I really feel I could write a book on appalling recruitment practice.
Now I am not naive when it comes to looking for jobs- I regularly moved around and needed new employment when I had left Uni due to the nature of the work I completed. I am also young and employable, you could even have called me confident and enthusiastic up until about a month ago, when using the word “passionate” in interviews made me die a little bit inside. ( Because if you’re not passionate they don’t want you, but believe you me it is hard to be passionate about any old job you have applied for in desperation) So here is, employers, it’s all a game to you and we’re just the players but if at any point you’re interested in hearing any feedback on how to maintain more positive relationships with your candidates, here are some major “dont’s”:
DONT: Not even attempt to shake hands. What?! It feels so awkward and unnatural not not even reach for your candidates hand in greeting, forcing them to “be the bigger man” and shake yours at the end to make a point!
DONT; not acknowledge an application. It takes time to fill those bad boys in, let me tell you (whoever said you should have a CV was wasting their breath, as now you have to duplicate EVERY detail onto an application form)
DONT: Say you will contact the candidate within the week and then not! I have recently been told this, had to ring the employer only to be told they would get back to me next week. They haven’t, and I had to contact them once more.
DONT: Say they have got the job and then leave them hanging for well over two weeks despite them contacting you regularly for an update. Simply Poor manners and poor practice!
Now, in fairness, I’m sure candidates can be just as annoying to employers, as they can be to us. As a disclaimer (!) also I have attended some extremely professional, polite and well organised interviews who have got back to me with excellent forward thinking feedback within 24hrs, however this is the exception not the norm and all I am calling for is a little bit of understanding, manners and quite simply, if you haven’t got the time to reply to people and take them on once you have issued a verbal offer of employment DONT start recruitment processes! It clearly isn’t the right time!