Job Candidates Want Payback for Hiring Snubs

Job Candidates Want Payback for Hiring Snubs

Job Candidates Want Payback for Hiring Snubs

Response Required  82% of workers expect to hear back from a company when they apply for a job, even if the employer isn't interested.

Note to hiring recruiters: If you think there's no harm, no foul involved when you don't acknowledge a job candidate's application, think again. The vast majority of job seekers expect to get at least a token "thank you for your interest" note, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder. Yet, most of these individuals never hear back from prospective employers, findings show. In fact, a stunning number of companies never even follow up with candidates after they've interviewed them. Given the power of social networks these days, this thoughtless behavior is resulting in payback, as slighted applicants respond by refusing to purchase goods or services from the company in question--among other measures. "One bad applicant experience can have a ripple effect," warns Sanja Licina, senior director of talent intelligence at CareerBuilder, "with candidates not only vocalizing their dissatisfaction with how they were treated, but encouraging others not to apply [for a job] or buy products from that company. It's critical that your employment brand effectively carries through at every touch point with candidates." More than 3,990 workers took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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