How to Lose a Good Job Candidate

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 08-18-2016 Email

Do you ever wonder why promising IT job candidates lose interest in joining your department after you've interviewed them? Maybe it's because you've unintentionally given them "the silent treatment," i.e., you waited too long to either give them a status update or make a hiring decision after the interview, according to a recent survey from Robert Half. The majority of workers, in fact, say long waits after interviews make for the most frustrating part of a job search. Many lose interest in a potential employer if they don't get an update just one week after the interview. In many cases, they interpret these delays as a reflection of a company's inability to make quick decisions—a critical quality in this era of rapid business and tech shifts. "Professionals in fields such as compliance, cyber-security, big data and finance can receive four to six offers within a week," said Paul McDonald, senior executive director of Robert Half. "Candidates with several options often choose the organization that shows the most interest and has an organized recruiting process … If people feel their career potential will be stifled by a slow-moving organization they will take themselves out of the running." Robert Half also has posted best practices for addressing this issue, and we've adapted some of those here. More than 1,000 U.S. workers took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


Submit a Comment

Loading Comments...
Manage your Newsletters: Login Register